Updated: September 5, 2021

The safety of our U of G community is our top priority. The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to monitor the situation and follow Public Health’s recommendations.

STUDENTS: Please refer to the COVID-19 – FAQs for Student Wellness Services for information about local and on-campus services available to you.

Questions about COVID-19? Students, faculty and staff may call U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

Health

As of Sept. 7, 2021, all faculty, staff, students and visitors who want to access U of G buildings or University-managed facilities must be vaccinated against COVID-19. More information can be found on our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ page or contact U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or covid.calls@uoguelph.ca

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Those who must come to campus or research stations are required to wear a mask. This decision applies to the Guelph campus and any research stations covered by the Wellington Dufferin Guelph public health district. Learn more about masks on our Return to Campuses website.

This decision on masks aligns with the order from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health and can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus.

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The University of Guelph takes the health and safety of our University community very seriously. We follow the lead of the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit. If Public Health determines that there is a health and safety risk on campus due to a positive case of COVID-19, the University would be provided with directives and the appropriate steps would be taken. Public Health would contact directly any individuals deemed to be at risk.

The Case Reporting page of this site indicates confirmed positive COVID-19 cases where the individual has been on campus within the last 14 days.

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The University of Guelph takes the health and safety of our University community very seriously. We follow the lead of the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit. If Public Health determines that there is a health and safety risk on campus due to a positive case, the University would be provided with directives and the appropriate steps would be taken. Public Health would contact directly any individuals deemed to be at risk.

If you are coming to campus, follow the steps on the Before You Return page.

If you have any questions, please contact U of G’s COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

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If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 use the Government of Ontario online self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow its advice.

In general, if you have symptoms the self-assessment tool will advise that you:

  1. Get tested
  2. Wear a mask when you are on the way to get a test or visit a hospital
  3. Except for testing, stay home for 14 days from the date you began experiencing symptoms (if your test is positive).
  4. Tell people who you have been in close physical contact with in the two days before your symptoms started to self-isolate. Close physical contact is defined as being less than two metres apart from someone for more than 15 minutes.
  5. Monitor your symptoms. Most COVID-19 illnesses are mild. If you start to experience worsening symptoms, call your family doctor or Student Health Services (students) at 519-824-4120 Ext. 52131 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to arrange an over-the-phone assessment.

If your symptoms are SEVERE and it is an emergency, please go to the emergency room or call 911.

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Students: Student Health Services offers appointments for COVID-19 testing. To book your appointment, call Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Faculty and Staff: If you live in Guelph and need to be assessed for COVID-19, please visit the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health website for information on how to book a COVID-19 test or call 226-773-1922. Faculty and staff can also book COVID-19 testing appointment with Student Health Services by calling 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Learn more about what to expect when you visit the assessment clinic.

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The most important actions community members can take to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the spread of any respiratory illness, including COVID-19 are:

  • Practice physical distancing – avoid social gatherings and crowds. If you are around people other than those you live with, maintain two metres of distance. Stay home when you can.
  • Follow Public Health rules for wearing a mask in public.
  • Follow usual best practices for hygiene, including:
    • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • When coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, phones and TV remotes, with an approved disinfectant
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

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University of Guelph Response

The University of Guelph is following its pandemic plan and refining its approach based on direction from the Ontario government and public health. 

Students, staff, faculty and visitors who come to a U of G space must follow the protocols on our Return to Campuses website.

Temporary changes have been made to the biosecurity protocol for animal and livestock facilities managed by the Office of Research in consideration of COVID-19. The present risk necessitates modifications to our biosecurity protocol to protect staff and ensure continuity of animal welfare and care.

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The University of Guelph has enacted its established Pandemic Plan as part of its Emergency Management Plan. You can find both documents on the Community Safety Office website.

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The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine which University supplies can be provided to local organizations to help in the response to COVID-19. Do not independently donate any University supplies.

If you are asked by an outside organization to donate supplies, please respond with the following:

“The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine the best way to coordinate and donate available University supplies to help with the community response to COVID-19. All donations will be coordinated through Public Health.”

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Supports

The University recognizes that reports of the impacts of COVID-19 in Canada and around the world can be very troubling. If you feel stressed or anxious about COVID-19:

The University’s Wellness@Work initiative has created an article on How to Stay Connected while Social Distancing that offers useful tips on staying positive and bonding with others while maintaining a physical distance. You can also visit the Gryphon Family portal for additional supports and ideas.

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Staff and faculty can call 519-824-4120 Ext. 53444 to consult with a counsellor regarding a student of concern.

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