COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

I Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 or I Am Feeling Sick: What Should I Do?

Updated: June 23, 2021

If you test positive for COVID-19

  1. If you test positive for COVID-19 stay home – do NOT come to campus.
  2. Self-isolate and follow Public Health directions.
  3. Students:
    • If you were on campus in the 14 days before your symptoms began or in the 14 days before your positive test, contact the U of G COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.
    • Students living in residence: Notify student housing services staff (housing@uoguelph.ca) that you have tested positive. Student housing staff will support you while you are self-isolating and arrange for food and beverages to be delivered to you. See our Student Housing FAQs for more information.
    • Complete U of G’s Student Self-Declaration form.
    • Notify your instructors by email.  Talk to your program counsellor if your illness lasts for a significant period of time. You are not required to disclose your diagnosis to your instructors.

Employees:

  • Contact the U of G COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906. Call centre representatives will guide you through the reporting process, and connect you with supports from Occupational Health and Wellness.
  • Complete the University’s Employee Self-Declaration Form.
  • Report your absence to your manager, chair or division head following your unit’s normal practice. You are not required to disclose your diagnosis to your manager, chair or division head.
  • You may not return to work at a U of G facility until you have been cleared by Occupational Health and Wellness.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling sick

  1. If have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling sick, stay home – do not come to campus.
    If you are on campus when you start feeling sick, go home as soon as possible. Avoid public transit and take measures to protect others around you.
  2. Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool and follow its advice.
    If you are tested for COVID-19 and receive a positive result, follow the steps above.
  3. Students:

Employees:

  • Complete the University’s Employee Self-Declaration Form.
  • Contact your manager, chair or division head following your unit’s normal absence reporting practice.
  • You may not return to work at a U of G facility until you have been cleared by Occupational Health and Wellness.

If someone you have spent time with is sick

STAY HOME if you have been notified by Public Health, the COVID Alert app or a close contact that you need to self-isolate and get tested . Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool and follow its advice and any advice you receive from Public Health. You may need to self-isolate.

And then:

  • Students in face-to-face classes or labs :
    • Notify your instructors by email that you will be absent. Talk to your program counsellor if your absence lasts for a significant period of time.
  • Employees:
    • Complete the University’s Employee Self-Declaration Form.
    • Contact Occupational Health and Wellness (OHW) at ohw@uoguelph.ca or 519-824-4120, Ext. 52647.
    • Contact your manager, chair or division head following your unit’s normal absence reporting practice.

If you have been in close contact (less than 2m apart for more than 15 minutes) with someone who is sick with a new cough, fever, difficulty breathing or other symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  1. Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool and follow its advice.