COVID-19 vaccine vials, syringes and a blue mask on a green table. Image from Pexels.

Full vaccination is required for on-campus activities

UM is requiring full vaccination of staff, faculty, students and visitors to ensure our campuses are as safe as possible for our UM community and to allow us to return to as much in-person activity as we can, as quickly and safely as we can. Individuals aged 12 and over are required to have their first dose by September 22, 2021 and their second dose by the end of October 2021.

Safety measures Masks are required on campus

Wearing 3-ply reusable or disposable masks is mandatory for all activities on all UM campuses.

This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. A 3-ply mask is also required when outdoors on UM campuses or while participating in UM-sanctioned activities off-campus at any time when two metres distancing is not possible.

You must keep your mask on and covering your mouth and nose at virtually all times, including:

  • indoors even when physical distancing is possible
  • trips to the bathroom
  • outdoors on UM campuses or while participating in UM-sanctioned activities off-campus at any time when two metres distancing is not possible.

You may briefly remove your mask while physically distanced when:

  • eating
  • drinking
  • during strenuous exercise

You may remove your mask when you are in an office alone with the door shut.

Masks are available for pick-up if needed

Bring your own masks whenever possible, but 3-ply masks are available for pick up for people who need one, including UM community and visitors to campus.

Fort Garry campus
  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Science Library, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • UMSU's Service Centre, 101 UMSU University Centre, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bannatyne campus
  • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Safety measures Physical distancing (2 metres) is required

Two metres distancing is required at all times, indoors and outdoors on UM campuses.

Mandatory minimum distancing in all lunch and common spaces is two metres.

In addition:

  • absolutely no food or drink is allowed in study spaces
  • three-ply masks must be worn at all times in these spaces.
  • eating outside is encouraged, while still maintaining social distancing of two metres.

Please connect with your supervisor about how your unit will be implementing a workspace plan that aligns with current public health orders and UM protocols.

Safety measures Enhanced cleaning and hygiene

Hand hygiene

Hand washing: Handwashing posters have been placed by sinks in most bathrooms on-campus. All UM members should review proper handwashing technique:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including palms, backs of each hand, between fingers, thumbs and under nails. Rinse and dry hands well.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Hands should be washed in the following situations:

  • Upon arrival in the workplace
  • After work in close contact with another employee (less than 2 metres)
  • If hands before soiled/dirty
  • After using the bathroom
  • At the end of the day
  • Upon arrival at home

In washrooms, the following items shall be available:

  • soap or another cleaning product;
  • paper towels or hand dryers;
  • where paper towels are used, waste paper baskets for disposal of such towels.

Hand sanitizer stations have been made available at the entrance of all campus buildings.

Cough etiquette

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 waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

Enhanced cleaning and ventilation

Improved ventilation measures across UM campuses include:

  • Increasing outdoor air intake - a key measure which may help in reducing the spread of COVID-19 within buildings.
  • Increasing air exchanges by extending fan run-times. COVID-19 safety recommendations include this practice to increase the amount of air exchanges within building spaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Checking filters: To ensure ventilation system filtration is working optimally within system designs.
  • Preventative maintenance: All campus ventilation systems receive regular preventative maintenance service routines.
  • Air purifiers: Local air purification systems may be considered in areas without sufficient ventilation systems. For the few buildings identified as unsuitable for use by more than 2 or 3 persons at a time, faculty have been notified.

Caretaking Services will be completing enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high touch areas including washrooms, doors and entranceways (door handles, plates and push bars), elevators, drinking fountains, kitchenettes, handrails, and other high touch horizontal and vertical surfaces.

Caretaking Services does not clean any tools or equipment in labs or offices.

Testing and illness

The health and safety of our UM community remains our top priority. If you are not feeling well, go home immediately or stay home and use the Shared Health Screening Tool to determine if you should be tested.

You can call 1-877-308-9038 to access the screening tool in an interactive voice response format (IVR).

Before coming to campus

It is essential that employees and students self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposures before attending to any on-campus activities.

If the checklist advises you not to enter, stay home, isolate and refer to the:

If you need to get tested for COVID-19

Contact your instructor/advisor to let them know that you are going for COVID-19 testing. Please see the COVID-19 process flow charts for next steps to follow in this process. Follow provincial isolation guidelines while waiting for your results.

    If you test positive for COVID-19

    UM will respect privacy protocols while ensuring we provide timely communications to support the health and safety of our University community and limit the spread of COVID-19.

    If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 you must follow all directives from Manitoba Public Health and do not travel to the University

    If you test positive for COVID-19 and were on a UM campus, Public Health will notify the appropriate University of Manitoba contact to let them know. We will then determine the best way forward to minimize risk to the campus community.

    There is no obligation for you to report your test result. However, if you are comfortable sharing your test result with your instructor/advisor please do so. Anyone that is symptomatic and not willing to report their test results must stay off campus for at least ten days. If you expect to be absent from one or more classes, then you should contact your instructor; you may be required to provide medical documentation for extended absences.

    Student Residences will provide self-isolation services for those students living in residence who are required to isolate in their residence room. This includes meal delivery, garbage pick-up, self-isolation supply kits and a dedicated e-mail correspondence channel with on-call staff. For more information visit the Student Residences coronavirus support page.

    Faculty and staff: If member of the community reports to you that they are positive for COVID-19 please contact:

    • Fort Garry Campus and UM satellite sites:
      Karen Meelker, Access & Privacy Officer
      karen.meelker@umanitoba.ca
      204-227-8205
    • Bannatyne Campus:
      Raman Dhaliwal, Director of Administration/Operations, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
      raman.dhaliwal@umanitoba.ca
      204-789-3492

    Safety tips

    Watch these videos to learn tips on how to stay safe on and off campus.

    • Physical distancing: Stay 2 metres apart to reduce the spread of COVID-19

    • Actions you can take to stop the spread of COVID-19

    • How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly

    • Cleaning and disinfecting workspaces

    Updated October 13, 2021 Cases and status by campus

    Breakdown of cases: Oct. 6 - 12, 2021

    • 0

      cases since last report (see historical summary below)

    • 0

      cases on Fort Garry campus

    • 0

      cases on other campuses

    Total UM COVID-19 cases and historical summary

    Total positive cases on our campuses since the beginning of the academic year: 92

     Time period Number of positive cases on our campuses
    Sept. 30 - Oct. 12 0
    Sept. 23 - 29 1
    Sept. 16 - 22 0
    Sept. 9 - 15 0
    Sept. 1 - 8 1
    August 11 - 31 0
    August 4 - 10 1
    July 28 - August 3 0
    July 21 - July 27 1
    July 14 - July 20 0
    July 7 - July 13 1
    June 2 - July 6 0
    May 26 - June 1 5
    May 19 - 25 1
    May 12 - 18 0
    May 5 - 11 6
    April 28 - May 4 1
    April 21 - 27 3
    April 14 - 20 2
    April 7 - 13 1
    Mar. 31 - Apr. 6 1
    Mar. 24 - 30 1
    Mar. 17 - 23 0
    Mar. 10 - 16 1
    Feb. 24 - Mar. 9 0
    Feb. 16 - 23 1
    Feb. 10 - Feb. 16 0
    Feb. 3 - Feb. 9 1
    Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 0
    Jan. 19 - 26 2
    Jan. 6 - 18 0
    Dec. 23 - Jan. 5 1
    Dec. 16 - Dec. 22 1
    Dec. 9 - Dec. 15 1
    Dec. 2 - Dec. 8 3
    Nov. 24 - Dec. 1 3
    Nov. 18 - 23 1
    Nov. 10 - 17 6
    Nov. 4 - 9 16
    Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 7
    Oct. 21 to 26 12
    Oct. 16 to 20 4
    Prior to Oct. 16 6

    Preparation and prevention

    UM's guiding principles

    The Recovery Working Group has established five guiding principles to inform its work:

    • The health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors is the over-arching priority.
    • All students, staff and faculty will work remotely unless approval has been granted to work on campus.
    • Any activity on campus, whatever its nature, will be carried out while strictly respecting the constraints of public health authorities and in accordance with government guidelines and directives.
    • Recovery of on-campus activities will be gradual and in keeping with the University’s stated principles and recovery plan.
    • The University will continue to take into consideration and accommodate special circumstances for staff, faculty and students, including health conditions.

    Principles governing activities

    General Guidelines applicable to all Principles: 

    • Approvals are subject to change based on the evolving provincial public health guidelines, COVID-19 risks and UM responses to these risks. 

    • Activities may not proceed unless approval is granted. 

    • A request for approval must be submitted to the COVID-19 Recovery Steering Committee (crsc@umanitoba.ca) at least three weeks in advance of the planned activity 

    Exception Request Form for in-person activities (downloadable doc)

    Principles Governing Exceptions for Off-Campus Instructional Activities 

    • All facets of the activity must adhere to all Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place for the relevant sector at the time the activity occurs. 

    • The activity is required for understanding material and to achieve desired learning outcomes associated with the course/program. 

    • Benefit of the activity cannot be realized using remote means. 

    • The activity must be offered to allow students to progress in their program of study without excessive delay. 

    • An operational plan for the event (including caretaking, security, and occupancy detail) must be submitted to the Academic Team at least 3 weeks in advance of any planned activity. This plan must also include a clear articulation of the learning outcomes associated with the proposed activity.  The activity may not proceed unless approval is granted. 

    Principles Governing Exceptions for Off-Campus Professional Development Activities 

    • All facets of the activity must adhere to all Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place for the relevant sector at the time the activity occurs. 

    • The activity is required to achieve desired learning outcomes associated with the course/program. 

    • Benefit of the activity cannot be realized using remote means. 

    • Participation must be voluntary; the activity must not be mandatory. 

    • An operational plan for the event (including caretaking, security, and occupancy detail) must be submitted to the Academic Team at least 3 weeks in advance of any planned activity. This plan must also include a clear articulation of the learning outcomes associated with the proposed activity.  The activity may not proceed unless approval is granted. 

    Principles Governing Exceptions for On-Campus Professional Development Activities 

    • All facets of the activity must adhere to all UM and Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place at the time the activity occurs. 

    • The activity may only be held if it does not interfere with any on-campus academic or research activities  

    • The activity is required to achieve desired learning outcomes associated with the course/program. 

    • Benefit of the activity cannot be realized using remote means. 

    • Participation must be voluntary; the activity must not be mandatory.  

    • An operational plan for the event (including caretaking, security, and occupancy detail) must be submitted to the Academic Team at least 3 weeks in advance of any planned activity. This plan must also include a clear articulation of the learning outcomes associated with the proposed activity.  The activity may not proceed unless approval is granted. 

    Principles Governing Student Placements (practica, and clinical placements) 

    • If held on-campus, then all facets of the placement must adhere to all UM and Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place at the time the activity occurs 

    • If held off-campus, then all facets of the placement must adhere to all Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place for the relevant sector at the time the activity occurs 

    • The placement is required for understanding material and to achieve desired learning outcomes associated with the course/program. 

    • Benefit of the placement cannot be realized using remote means. 

    • The placement must be offered to allow students to progress in their program of study without excessive delay. 

    • The Dean of the Faculty is responsible for ensuring all placements meet the above requirements and has authority for approving placements. 

    While the UM recognizes the importance of supporting the larger community and the social bonds, sense of community and wellness supports that celebratory and social events build, our priority must maintain the health and safety our UM community. The UM will align its considerations and guidelines of such requests with the mitigation strategies set forth by the Federal Government.  

    Principles Governing Activities or Celebratory Events by External Parties, Student Unions, Student Groups or Faculties/School/College/Units 

    • If held on-campus, then all facets of the activity must adhere to all UM and Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place at the time the activity occurs. 

    • If held off-campus, then all facets of the placement must adhere to all Provincial health and safety requirements and protocols in place for the relevant sector at the time the activity occurs 

    • The interests of the University’s teaching, research and operational priorities must take priority. 

    • Priority consideration will be given to student unions and internal requests including, student groups, faculties, schools, colleges, departments and other units. 

    • Contact between external groups and members of the UM community must be minimized, including common spaces (i.e., washrooms, study spaces, dining areas). 

    • Events should be organized outdoors if possible.  If indoors, events should be held during the evenings/weekends and in spaces with low occupancy to limit exposure potential to the UM community. 

    • If held at UM, then the requested activity will only be considered if capacity in the requested spaces is available. 

    • Each request must be assessed by the UM Legal Office to determine if a Third Party or User Agreement and/or liability waiver is required. UM Legal Office will also advise if an additional site license agreement and liability insurance is required and the terms of these requirements.  

    • The plan for all events must include entry/exit points with contact tracing processes in place (i.e., sign in/contact sheets). 

    • The UM will take responsibility for cleaning UM spaces but a cleaning surcharge ($100 surcharge per room booked/per day) will be applied to each request for the allocated spaces. 

    • Approvals are subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 risks and UM responses to these risks. 

    Principles Governing Field Trip and Field Study Activities 

    The CRSC Steering Committee will review/recommend field trip or field study activities that take place at sites outside of the City of Winnipeg or involve overnight stays.   

    All field trip or field study activities taking place within the City of Winnipeg and occurring within the course of a day may be approved by the Dean/Director of the relevant Faculty/College/School.   

    The following principles shall be taken into consideration for all field strip/study activities: 

    • Activities must adhere to all Provincial, UM health and safety requirements and any site-specific protocols in place at the time the activity occurs. 
       
    • In planning of the activity, consideration will be given to the safety and protection of vulnerable persons potentially impacted by the activity, including students participating in the activity, faculty or instructors participating in the activity, and vulnerable community members that may come into contact with students during the activity. 
       
    • Students must be provided with sufficient advance notice of the activity, including dates and locations of activities, prior to the start of the course in order to help inform the decision to register in the course. 
       
    • The activity is required to achieve desired learning outcomes associated with the course/program. 
       
    • All activities must be operationalized using the following criteria: 
      • that all participants self-monitor and use the province’s COVID-19 online screening tool in advance of the activity; any participants experiencing symptoms or that have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must not participate in the activity (see contingency plans below); 
         
      • that the site allows for appropriate social distancing between participants; 
         
      • that all participants are appropriately masked at minimum UM standards throughout the course of the activity, both indoors and outdoors; 
         
      • that participants are able to get to and from the site safely, and that carpooling is discouraged, and where necessary, vehicle carpooling protocols be met;  
         
      • that individuals are responsible for their own food and water and that appropriate space is provided to eat in a safe manner (where applicable); and 
         
      • that participants have safe access to washroom facilities (where applicable). 

    Individuals participating in non-curricular activities on campus or as part of a University program (but which are not mandatory for successful completion of the program) may be required to sign a waiver. Please check with the Office of Legal Counsel to confirm whether a waiver is required. 

    In-Person Course Exception Field Trip Study Form

    Virus transmission

    Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

    • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
    • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
    • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

    Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread of COVID-19 is efficient when there is close contact which makes physical distancing an important prevention measure. Respiratory droplets of relevant size can travel a few feet before falling to the ground or evaporating so the 2 metre (6 feet) physical distancing rule is based on this. Proper handwashing, cough hygiene and cleaning with an appropriate disinfectant are also key to limiting virus transmission.

    Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms include:

    • cough
    • fever
    • difficulty breathing

    Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Recent evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms. This includes people who:

    • have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic)
    • never develop symptoms (asymptomatic)

    Prevention measures

    • Self-Assess before coming to campus(es)  
    • Do not come to campus if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • The wearing of 3-ply disposable or reusable masks is mandatory on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. 
    • Wash your hands frequently and practice good cough etiquette.
    • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters at all times when other physical barriers are not present.
    • Maintain a density of 1 person per 16 metres 2 (2 meters around a person) or lower for enclosed workspaces (such as labs) where multiple individuals need to work for extended hours.
    • Ensure frequent cleaning especially of high-touch surfaces and objects.

    Hand hygiene

    Hand washing: Handwashing posters have been placed by sinks in most bathrooms on-campus. All UM members should review proper handwashing technique:

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including palms, backs of each hand, between fingers, thumbs and under nails. Rinse and dry hands well.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    Hands should be washed in the following situations:

    • Upon arrival in the workplace
    • After work in close contact with another employee (less than 2 metres)
    • If hands before soiled/dirty
    • After using the bathroom
    • At the end of the day
    • Upon arrival at home

    In washrooms, the following items shall be available:

    • soap or another cleaning product;
    • paper towels or hand dryers;
    • where paper towels are used, waste paper baskets for disposal of such towels.

    Hand sanitizer stations have been made available at the entrance of all campus buildings.

    Cough etiquette

    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 waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

    Physical distancing

    • Avoid direct contact with individuals
    • Rearrange workspaces or adjust work times to ensure physical distancing (2 metres or 1 person per 16metres2) can be respected. For example:
      • Re-arrange workspaces
      • Stagger work shifts including break times
      • Extend core work hours if possible
      • Assign employees to small work teams and arrange on-campus rotations to reduce the number of interactions
    • Where physical distancing is not possible, other measures are required such as work from home arrangements, physical barriers (i.e. Plexiglas), or the use of personal protective equipment.
    • Office work on campus should be minimized. While one worker per office would be compatible with current distancing practices, work from home is to be prioritized even for those with closed office spaces.
    • Meetings and other encounters that would require people to be in an enclosed space should be organized online for the time being.
    • Limit the number of visitors, clients, and others coming to the office.
    • Remove items like magazines or reading material from common areas.
    • Avoid sharing supplies and equipment if possible.
    • Lunch / break rooms can be used, but physical distancing guidelines (2 meters) must be followed, and surfaces must be wiped down after use.

    PPE

    • The wearing of 3-ply disposable or reusable masks is mandatory on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. 
    • A variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – i.e. specific types of masks or face coverings, gloves, etc. – is required for a range of regular activities that occur on UM campuses including certain lab and research activities, cleaning, construction and so on. PPE will be distributed by faculties/instructors or supervisors.
    • Given the current global supply shortages of various PPE materials, Procurement (within Financial Services) will be acquiring materials centrally for the time being.
    • Supplies of masks are available for units to order through Central Procurement, for distribution as required.

    Environmental measures

    Public Areas

    Caretaking Services will be completing enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high touch areas including washrooms, doors and entranceways (door handles, plates and push bars), elevators, drinking fountains, kitchenettes, handrails, and other high touch horizontal and vertical surfaces.

    Caretaking Services does not clean any tools or equipment in labs or offices.

    Work areas / workspaces

    Building occupants must also implement an enhanced cleaning and disinfection process for their workspaces as Caretaking Services may only clean the floor and empty regular waste and recycling bins depending on the space. This must include:

    • Cleaning of workspace at the beginning and end of each shift.
    • Disinfecting high touch areas in the immediate workspace using a disinfectant wipe, such as a Lysol wipe, or other cleaning product. This includes administrative as well as research and teaching equipment - tables / desks, keyboards, telephones, interior door handles, faucets, etc.
    • Any equipment (i.e. computers, microwaves, lab equipment) used by multiple users must be disinfected using a Lysol wipe or similar cleaning product in between each user.
    • For additional guidance see Public Health Agency of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) cleaning and disinfecting public spaces (PDF)

    Vehicles

    All UM-owned vehicles must be disinfected at the beginning of a shift and between drivers. High touch surfaces in vehicles that must be regularly cleaned include but are not limited to:

    • Keys or FOBs, Starter button on vehicles with FOBs
    • Inside and outside door handles, Inside door grab handles, pads and armrests; (all doors including rear hatches)
    • Steering wheel, Shift lever and console;
    • Dashboard;
    • Door locks and window controls
    • Radio and climate control buttons;
    • Turn signal and wiper stalks;
    • Seat and Seat adjuster;
    • Touch screen;
    • Rear view mirrors
    • Gas cap
    • Any other parts that are commonly used and that may have been touched (glove compartment, hood, trunk, van panel door handles, pick-up tailgate handle, sleeping areas, for example).

    Building Ventilation Measures

    The University of Manitoba heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems meet or exceed the ASHRAE standards for building ventilation and filtration standards. These standards are supported by the Government of Canada and are part of the guidance for ventilation created by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to prevent COVID transmission.

    Well-functioning HVAC systems support overall COVID-19 safety protocols (measures such as vaccinations, masking, cleaning) by removing and diluting aerosols that may contain viruses from indoor spaces.

    It is important to note that adjusting ventilation will not affect transmission between individuals who are in close proximity. Practicing safety fundamentals—wearing a mask, physical distancing, hand hygiene—is of utmost importance.

    To support the anticipated increase of in-person activity on campus in September 2021, UM has enhanced ventilation protocols—many of which have been in place since early 2020—by reviewing ventilation systems and working to optimize the capabilities of these systems.

    Some additional measures that have been taken are:

    • Filters inspected to ensure they are functioning properly.
    • All demand ventilation systems disabled to keep the air handling operating at full capacity even during low-occupancy periods.
    • As seasonal conditions allow, mixed air systems are set to 100% fresh air.

    With these enhancements in place, operations of the university's ventilation systems align with COVID-19 public health requirements and recommendations, as outlined by COVID safety recommendations.

    Read on for details.

    Improved Ventilation

    These measures are being implemented across campus:

    1. Increasing outdoor air intake: Ventilation systems on campus optimized within system capabilities to maximize the amount of outdoor air being supplied to classrooms and other building areas. Increased outdoor air supply to building spaces has been identified by COVID safety recommendations as a key measure which may help in reducing the spread of COVID-19 within buildings.
    2. Increasing air exchanges by extending fan run-times: Operating schedules for ventilation systems on campus extended to include times before and after building occupied hours, and in some cases to run 24/7. This will increase the number of daily air exchanges and ensure that spaces are well-ventilated. COVID safety recommendations recommends this practice to increase the amount of air exchanges within building spaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
    3. Checking filters: To ensure ventilation system filtration is working optimally within system designs, filters are checked frequently as part of the regularly scheduled preventative maintenance routines. Routine inspections and maintenance can be helpful in reducing the spread of viruses. Most Fort Garry campus buildings have MERV 8 filters, with some renovated buildings having up to MERV 14. All Bannatyne campus buildings have been upgraded to MERV 11 filters with many buildings having MERV 14 additional filters. In many cases pre-filters are used to extend the life of the main filter. The ASHRAE recommendations are reviewed and followed as closely as possible https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/filtration-disinfection.
    4. Preventative maintenance: All campus ventilation systems are catalogued within our Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and receive regular preventative maintenance service routines including filter changes, inspections and repairs as needed. Filters are checked monthly and can last from 1-2 months to 6-12 months depending on the area and the outside conditions.
    5. Air purifiers: Local air purification systems may be considered in areas without sufficient ventilation systems. Some users may use a local HEPA filtration unit in their work area as an additional measure, but these are not deemed as necessary for many of the campus areas. For the few buildings identified as unsuitable for use by more than 2 or 3 persons at a time, faculty have been notified.

    What you can do

    1. Get vaccinated. Public Health recommends this as a key COVID-19 control measure. 
       
    2. Follow recommended Public Health practices. This may include the use of masks, distancing, hand sanitation and staying home when you are ill.
       
    3. Open windows. The use of operable windows during favourable weather conditions is encouraged as an additional way to bring more outside air into classroom and other building spaces.
       
    4. Avoid fans and window AC units. The use of personal desk fans, low ceiling fans, window air conditioners, and other devices which could create high velocity air flows in open office spaces or other shared spaces is being discouraged. If window AC units must be used, the recommendation is to direct air flow away from occupants in the space.
       
    5. Report ventilation issues. Let the Operations and Maintenance team know if there is a ventilation issue affecting your workspace.  

    Please direct inquires regarding ventilation the Operations & Maintenance customer service desk at ppwod@umanitoba.ca or banwod@umanitoba.ca . 

    For any concerns regarding environment, health and safety at the UM, contact the Environment, Health and Safety Office at EHSO@umanitoba.ca.

    Resources

    What to do to protect yourself before and after coming to campus

    Concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or think you may be experiencing symptoms? Use the province’s COVID-19 online screening tool to determine next steps – this tool is also available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format, at 1-877-308-9038.

    If you are feeling ill, stay home or go home immediately.

    If you need to go for COVID-19 testing, contact your instructor/advisor to let them know that you are going for COVID-19 testing. Please see the COVID-19 flow charts for next steps to follow in this process.  

    If you have been told to self-isolate by Manitoba Public Health, it is important to follow their directive and not attend campus. Please notify your instructor/advisor to let them know of the directive you have received from Public Health. Those individuals receiving the report will then connect with the campus reps for next steps.  

    COVID Alert app

    The federal government has released a free COVID Alert app which alerts you to possible COVID-19 exposures before symptoms appear, so that you can take care of yourself and protect your community. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information about the app and how to download it.

    What can I do to care for myself while at home

    Hand-wash frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds. Dry your hands thoroughly. If your hands are not visibly dirty, you can use an alcohol-based hand cleanser. It is especially important to clean your hands: 

    • After coughing or sneezing 
    • After touching your mouth, eyes or nose 
    • Before and after touching your face mask 
    • Before, during or after you prepare food and after touching shared and kitchen household items (e.g., dishes, towels, pillows, etc.)
    • Before eating 
    • After toilet use 
    • When your hands are dirty 
    • After you have been outside (going to the store/driving somewhere/etc.)

    You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the garbage and immediately wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser. 

    Try to avoid sharing household and personal care items (e.g. dishes, towels, pillows, toothbrushes, cigarettes, etc.). 

    Wash items thoroughly with soap and warm water, place in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash in your washing machine. 

    Use hot water when operating the dishwasher or washing machine. 

    Clean commonly touched objects including door handles, toilets and faucets as well as electronic devices (e.g. phones, computers, tablets, etc.) after touching them. 

    Use a regular household cleaner. Do not attempt to make your own cleaning products as the chemicals can be very toxic if you are not trained how to handle them. 

    Use disposable gloves when cleaning household items, electronic devices and commonly-touched areas. 

    Ensure proper ventilation of your home. Open windows and doors, as weather allows.

    Try to limit the amount of people you see day-to-day. The more people you see can increase the risk of becoming positive with COVID/or passing on the virus to someone you know. We realize this may be challenging and complex due to work situations and/or the people you live with/your living situation. 

    If you have to be at out in public/ or want to be social - have your gathering outside, at a distance (2 metre) and wear a mask. These three strategies have been shown to reduce your risk of transmission.

    Remember – there is no such thing as a ‘risk-free’ social interaction. Transmission of COVID can occur even when someone does not feel sick. Unfortunately you may perform all of the harm reduction strategies above and still contract COVID. 

    It’s important to remember that no one ‘deserves’ to get COVID and people may feel a variety of emotions after contracting the virus. It’s important that we support one another and report your positive test to the University as soon as possible so that we may properly support you in getting you whatever you may need.