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Latest updates and safety information

Updated April 14, 2021 Latest COVID-19 updates

  • In light of current public health advice and expectations on the vaccine rollout, UM is planning to resume more in-person instruction for Fall Term 2021. The health and safety of our community remains our first priority, and we believe that a phased transition is prudent. As such, we have set the following limits on in person instruction:

    • Classes with a maximum registration of 20 students can proceed with in-person instruction, as our spaces permit.
    • Lab classes will be limited to no more than 25, or to the COVID room-capacity limit, whichever is smaller.
    • Large classes will continue with remote delivery.
  • Read President Benarroch's full update on Fall Term. More information can also be found on the students page of the COVID website.
  • UM has installed recycling bins to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) waste at both Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. These bins are exclusively for disposable masks and other PPE shown on the bin signage, and are not intended to collect reusable masks. See more, including bin locations.

  • In accordance with Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recent recommendation, all individuals (students, employees, contractors and visitors) in all UM indoor spaces be required to wear 3-ply reusable or disposable masks. Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (including Helen Glass Building at the Fort Garry Campus) will continue to require the donning of 3-ply medical grade masks for some of their activities. Please scroll down this page to find the complete Mask Guidelines and Tips.

  • For the week of April 7 - 13, there was one reported positive COVID-19 case on UM campuses. There have been a total of 69 positive COVID-19 cases at UM since the beginning of the academic year. Please see the COVID cases section below for more information.

  • Individualized T2200S forms were distributed to all employees on Feb. 26. To claim remote work expenses for 2020, employees have the option of using either the Temporary Flat Rate Method introduced by the CRA or the Detailed Method requiring the form. Receipt of this form does not constitute eligibility. See details here.

  • What's open on our campuses? Check status of campus businesses and services.

Previous updates

From March 2021:

  • You can watch the virtual UM Together event, which brought the UM community together on March 23 to mark the anniversary of learning and working remotely, reflect on the challenges we have faced, recognize how we have worked together to overcome them and to find collective hope in the future, here.
  • The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is open to the public for pre-booked visits at 25 per cent capacity. Full details on COVID-19 safety protocol and procedures can be found here.
  • Federal and provincial health authorities continue to strongly discourage all international and all non-essential travel during this public health emergency. Please see the UM travel checklist for insurance and HR implications for post-travel quarantine.

From February 2021:

  • The province announced that it loosened a variety of restrictions as of Feb. 12, including allowing limited opening of restaurants, gyms, museums and other businesses. More information on how the new public health orders will impact our community will be shared on these pages in the coming days.

From February 10, 2021:

We know that there are uncertainties around the new federal requirements and provincial recommendations around international student mobility. We are seeking answers to your questions from both federal and provincial partners and thank you for your patience.

We have the following information to share with you:

Number of days to quarantine: The federal government requires a three-day quarantine in a hotel at the port of entry and a negative COVID test. While they are still finalizing the details, we know that a traveller would presumably then proceed to their final destination and quarantine there.

Manitoba public health has advised us that, while they are still finalizing the details, the direction on the total time of quarantine has been provided.

Whatever the number of days federal government requires, those days can count towards Manitoba 14-day quarantine requirement. The total quarantine time is 14 days, so if students quarantine for three days at the port of entry to Canada, then they would quarantine for 11 days in Manitoba.

COVID-19 testing upon arrival: The Manitoba government recommends that travellers get two COVID-19 tests – one on the day of arrival, and another on the seventh day after arriving in Manitoba – regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country.

We recognize there may be challenges in coordinating these tests. At the same time, we encourage you to support international students to get tested on arrival.

Institutions already have plans in place for students to be transported from the airport to their quarantine location. If they arrive in Winnipeg during testing hours, the student could be tested prior to being taken to their place of quarantine.

International students could pre-book an appointment to be tested on arrival, if they choose to get tested.

If students test positive, they will receive their test results via phone call from public health. As a reminder, updates to your readiness plans should be shared with us for assessment as to whether re-approval is needed.

From January 2021:

  • On Jan. 29, public health orders were amended to specify that anyone entering Manitoba from anywhere in Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes those entering from northern and Western Canada, and from west of Terrace Bay in Ontario.
  • On Jan. 22, 2021, the province announced some loosening of restrictions. Given this, the low rate of transmission of positive cases in Winnipeg and at UM, generally, approval has been granted for a small increase in the number of employees attending UM campuses. Effective, Feb. 1, 2021, Deans may plan to allow for an increase in the percentage of employees accessing our campuses up to a maximum of 30 per cent, includes teaching, research and work in support of academic mission. Please read the full message with more details here.
  • The health and safety of our UM community is our top priority. Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our campuses. If you are not feeling well, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and do not come to campus. Read more here.
  • It is essential that employees and students self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposures before attending any on-campus activities. For more information, please see below.

  • View our COVID-19 recovery plan: Your Safety is our Priority, ResUMe 2021/21

Updated April 14, 2021 Cases and status by campus

Breakdown of cases: April 7 - 13, 2021

  • 1

    case since last report (see historical summary below)

  • 1

    case on Bannatyne 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: 69

 Time period Number of positive cases on our campuses
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

Safety measures and information

Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our campuses.

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:

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

Common questions: 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. 

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 16m2 (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 meters)
  • 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 meters or 1 person per 16m2) 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).

Resources

Mask guidelines and tips

  • The wearing of 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. 
     
  • The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences staff, faculty and students are required to wear a 3-ply non-medical or medical grade mask (depending on the activity). Masks are provided at entry to Rady Faculty buildings (Bannatyne and Helen Glass).
  • Masks will be distributed by faculties/instructors or supervisors. 
  • Students may also obtain masks at the Elisabeth Dafoe Librarary (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm) or the UMSU Service Desk on the main floor of University Centre (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

  • Supplies of masks are available for units to order through Central Procurement, for distribution as required.

  • The only exceptions in not wearing a mask are for short periods of time when someone is eating or drinking while physically distanced from others or if someone is alone in their office and physical distanced from others. 

  • Medical reasons for exemptions from mandatory masks use are limited, and so it is anticipated that these requests will be rare. When medical documentation is provided to support a request to accommodate an exemption, these exemptions will be accommodated to the extent that the university is able to while balancing the need to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other members of the university community.

  • During UM vehicle use: A limit of one person per vehicle is in place. In the rare circumstance where this is not possible--where there is no alternative such as walking or driving in separate vehicles (for example, a long distance drive and someone has no license)--3-ply masks must be worn and disinfecting materials kept in the vehicle, which should be used to sanitize before and after the trip. 

  • FORT GARRY CAMPUS Mask pick up locations: 

    • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • UMSU's Service Centre in UMSU University Centre, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (students only)

    • Nursing students: Enter the Helen Glass Building by the main entrance (the South door off Currie Place) Raman to confirm. 
       

  • BANNATYNE CAMPUS Mask pick up locations: 
    • Pick up locations and hours of operation are: 
    • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 am - 5:30 pm; 
    • Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Avenue from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm; 
    • Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 am - 4:00 pm; 
    • Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Avenue from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.  
       
  •  As health and safety is our overarching priority, strict protocols are being followed at these stations including plexiglass shields, hand sanitizing stations, signage and fencing to ensure directional consistency and socially distanced flow throughout.   

In order to avoid congestion, ideally you should pick up your masks when you are coming to campus(es) and avoid making a special trip.  

Please view the video on this page to see how to properly wear a non-medical mask.  

Medical masks  

Medical masks such as N-95 respirators block microscopic particles and they protect the wearer from exposure to airborne liquid droplets. These along with other medical masks like surgical masks should be reserved for health workers and for certain lab or research activities.  

Note: Specifically, for N-95 respirators, proper training and respirator fit-testing is required.  

Non-medical masks  
  
Provincial health authorities have mandated the wearing of a mask in all public indoor spaces. When you wear a face covering in public, you must continue to follow other safety measures, such as hand hygiene and physical distancing. It is important to realize that these masks typically do not prevent the individual wearing them from being infected, the mask is meant to protect others from the wearer’s respiratory droplets.  

  • Hands should be washed before and after removing the mask. Remove mask by the ear straps and avoid touching the front of the mask 
  • Mask must be worn covering the mouth and nose 
  • Replace the mask if it becomes damp or soiled  

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 (2m) 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. 

What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result

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. This may speed up our response on campus as Public Health is currently inundated with request. 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.  

Please see the section above New guidelines surrounding self-isolation requirements for information. 

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.

Common questions: Your health and safety

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 (2m) 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. 

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

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 are required to self-isolate until you get a negative COVID-19 test, or until 14 days has passed.

The screening tool can be found online or you can call 1-877-308-9038 for the tool in an interactive voice response format (IVR). Please contact your instructor/advisor after you are home, to let them know.  

 

What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result

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.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, Health and Safety Team Lead, will serve as the UM’s designated contact with Manitoba Public Health for any UM community COVID situations.

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 
Tel: 204-227-8205
 
Bannatyne Campus:
Raman Dhaliwal, Director of Administration/Operations, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Raman.Dhaliwal@umanitoba.ca
Tel: 204 789 3492

What should I do if I 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. 

Who needs to self-isolate and why?
Public health officials are advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that if an individual is symptomatic, or a household member is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as a health-care worker or first responder.

Is anyone exempt from this new self-isolation directive?
Health care workers are exempt from self-isolating if they have a household member who is symptomatic. Students are considered health care workers when they are in clinical placements/fieldwork and in the Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry dental clinics. Therefore, if you are a health care worker, you are not required to isolate when you have a symptomatic household member, but you must isolate yourself from the symptomatic member. In all other instances (e.g. clinical skills teaching, gross anatomy teaching, labs) you are not considered a health care worker and need to self isolate if you have a household member with symptoms. The face to face screening at Bannatyne campus and Helen Glass has been adjusted to ask this additional question. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Program Director, Instructor, Department Head, Associate Dean or College Dean for clarification.

How long should I self-isolate?
Once the symptomatic household member receives a negative test result the other household members will no longer be required to self-isolate assuming they are not symptomatic. If the symptomatic person refuses to or is unable to get tested then the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days to ensure they do not become symptomatic.

How do I self-isolate? Who should I tell?
Direction on how to self-isolate can be found at this website. If you are taking a class with an in-person component, notify your instructor that you are required to self-isolate. If you are feeling sick and unable to participate in remote classes or complete your course work, contact your instructor.

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.

Recovery steps

UM has developed a phased approach to the recovery, cautiously resuming critical research and essential activities on our campuses, while ensuring a strong focus on health and safety.

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