COVID-19 TESTING, TRACKING AND TRACING
To ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus, students and employees are required to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
Before arriving on campus each day, you should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment provided on the Ontario Health West website. This interactive self-assessment tool can help determine how to seek further care. This tool is also available in the WatSAFE app. The self-assessment is only meant as an aid and cannot diagnose you with COVID-19.
Testing and assessment centres
If you are showing any symptoms, or are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, testing is available through the Region of Waterloo’s COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centres.
The University of Waterloo is opening its own on-campus COVID-19 assessment and testing centre, in collaboration with St. Mary’s General Hospital, Ontario Health West, and Region of Waterloo Public Health. Having testing available on campus will help with quickly responding to any positive cases of COVID-19 and aid efforts to contain the spread.
The centre is scheduled to open on October 1 and will be located in the Health Services building. For the health and safety of our campus community, it will only be open to students and employees of the University at this time. A medical referral is not necessary to get tested, but students and employees will need to make an appointment through Health Services.
Tracking and tracing COVID-19 cases
If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, anyone who is identified as a close contact will be contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the last known contact with the affected person. The University’s Occupational Health team will work with Region of Waterloo Public Health on contact tracing of employees.
Learn more about COVID-19 health protocols.
If a student or employee discloses a positive case of COVID-19 to you, follow the protocol in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide.
If you test positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact Health Services, and they will advise you on next steps.
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact Occupational Health. You can advise your manager that you will be absent from work due to illness, but you do not need to disclose what the illness is. Occupational Health will verify the absence with your manager and will not disclose the reason.
Our plans to resume campus operations will be responsive to any potential increase in COVID-19 cases. If there is a resurgence of cases, we will activate contingency plans in consultation with Public Health officials. These may include:
- safely and rapidly modifying campus activity and people on campus
- scaling back
- resuming remote operations combined with essential core services, if necessary
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