The Ontario Ministry of Health provides helpful flow charts (see pages 15 and 19) to navigate COVID-19 symptoms, exposure and isolation measures. The U of G COVID-19 Call Centre is also available at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 to support you.

Requirements for individuals with symptoms or a positive test

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a positive COVID-19 test (rapid antigen test or PCR test) follow the instructions provided at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/exposed.

The Government of Ontario indicates that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should assume you have the virus and may be contagious.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you must isolate for at least five days from the date of a positive test or the onset of symptoms (whichever is earlier/applicable).
  • If you are not fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised, you must isolate for at least 10 days from the date of a positive test or onset of symptoms (whichever is earlier/applicable).

You must meet additional criteria (e.g., symptoms improving for at least 24 hours, etc.) before your isolation period ends.

The following information outlines steps you MUST take if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • have tested positive for COVID-19

Students

  1. Isolate and do not come to campus.
  2. Call the U of G COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 to report your illness and confirm your isolation period.
  3. Complete a Student Self-Declaration Form. This is an essential step in U of G’s surveillance of COVID-19 on campus.
  4. Notify your instructors of your absence. Students who miss a lecture, lab or assessment due to illness or isolation requirements are not required to provide proof of illness (i.e., medical documentation).

Students living in residence

  1. Isolate do not leave your room except to go to the washroom. Further guidance and supports will be provided from the COVID-19 Call Centre and Student Housing Services.
    Guelph campus: Inform your Residence Advisor or call your Residence Desk to arrange supports.
    Ridgetown campus: Email rcadmin@uoguelph.ca.
  2. Call the COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 to report your illness.
  3. Complete a Student Self-Declaration Form. This is an essential step in U of G’s surveillance of COVID-19 on campus.
  4. If you are taking in-person courses, notify your instructors. Students who miss a lecture, lab or assessment due to illness or isolation requirements are not required to provide proof of illness (i.e., medical documentation).

Faculty and staff

  1. Isolate and do not come to campus.
  2. Call the U of G COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 to report your illness and confirm your isolation period.
  3. Complete an Employee Self-Declaration Form. This is an essential step in U of G’s surveillance of COVID-19 on campus.
  4. Notify your manager of your absence.
    Employees who have tested positive or have isolated due to COVID-19 symptoms are generally not required to provide proof of a negative test result to their employer in order to return to work.

If you have further questions, call the COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

If you have COVID-19 and have a health condition that compromises your immune system please contact a health care provider to discuss treatment options.

Requirements for close contacts

According to the Government of Ontario, “close contact” means that for at least 15 minutes or for multiple short periods of time, you were less than 2 metres apart from someone who has COVID-19 and you did not take appropriate measures such as masking and using personal protective equipment. Learn more about close contacts by reviewing Table 4 in the Ministry of Health’s Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario document.

ScenarioResponse
Requirements for close contacts who DO NOT live in the same home as someone who has COVID-19You DO NOT need to isolate.

For 10 days after you were exposed, you should:
self-monitor for symptomswear a well fitted mask in public and avoid activities where mask removal would be necessarynot visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness, such as seniorsnot visit, volunteer or work in any high-risk setting (e.g., hospital, long-term care)
Requirements for close contacts who DO live in the same home as someone who has COVID-19You DO NOT need to isolate if you meet the following criteria:Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.Are age 18+ and have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.Are 18 years of age or younger and are fully vaccinated
For 10 days after exposure you must:self-monitor for symptomswear a well fitted mask in public and avoid activities where mask removal would be necessarynot visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness, such as seniorsnot visit, volunteer or work at any high risk setting (e.g. hospital, long-term care)
You MUST isolate for the same period as your close contact if:you haven’t tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, orare 18+ and have not had a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, orare 18 years of age or under and are not fully vaccinated.

Brief exposure

If you have been briefly exposed to someone who has COVID-19 but you are not experiencing symptoms and are fully vaccinated:

  1. Refer to the directions at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/exposed.
  2. Call the Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 for guidance.