COVID-19 Update: September 11, 2020

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The following updates are provided by the Return-to-Campuses steering committee.

The University of Guelph continues to prioritize physical distancing. If you don’t need to be on campus, please stay home to help keep our community safe. Staff, faculty and graduate students able to work from home will continue to do so.


When do I need to complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form?

Every day, before you come to any U of G location for any length of time or for any reason, you must complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form. This includes quick trips like picking up a prescription from the UC Pharmacy or grabbing something from your office.

If the form indicates you should not come to a U of G location, stay home.

You can access the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form:

 

Ten ways to help keep our community safe

Click the image below to watch a quick video reminder of the 10 ways you can help keep our community safe during COVID-19.

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Get tech support at home or on campus

U of G’s IT tech support team is available on campus or remotely. If you need help with your computer or accessing U of G computing systems:

Find IT Help Desk hours of service online.


Understanding “outbreaks”

Following a recent notable increase in COVID-19 cases, Ontario has paused in its phased reopening and will not relax any further health precautions for at least the next four weeks.

With this increase in cases, it helps to understand what Public Health considers an “outbreak.” Public Health declares an outbreak when two or more connected cases of COVID-19 occur in a defined setting. For example, if two colleagues who work closely together on campus both develop COVID-19, Public Health may declare an outbreak for the University. An outbreak would not likely be declared if an employee and a student who haven’t crossed paths both become sick, as their cases are unrelated.

Declaring an outbreak is a step that allows Public Health specific authority to help address the situation. If an outbreak were declared at U of G, it would not necessarily mean that the situation is out of control.

Whenever a case is identified on campus, the University works closely with Public Health to support contact tracing and address any other needed action.

When an instructor, staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the preceding 14 days, that information is shared on our Positive Cases on Campus web page.

The word “outbreak” can sound alarming but understanding its purpose in managing cases at the University and in Guelph can provide some reassurance to our community.


The University’s COVID-19 website is your best source of information on U of G’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Return to Campuses website provides essential information for those coming to campus.