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Latest updates and safety information

Updated January 13, 2021 Latest COVID-19 updates

  • Winter Term 2021 and Summer Term 2021 will be delivered primarily remotely, with the exception of a very small number of courses that require in-person delivery. Read President Michael Benarroch's update.

  • On Dec. 16, 2020, the Province of Manitoba started its immunization campaign to protect Manitobans from the pandemic. Currently, there are limited supplies of the vaccine with the first priority group eligible to be immunized identified. To provide up-to-date information to the UM community, we have created a new COVID-19 Vaccine Information section on this page.

  • Here we are in 2021; welcome back! Go here to see the current status of campus businesses and services.
  • As of Monday, Jan. 11, the Fort Garry Bookstore has reopened for limited in-person shopping. Online shopping continues to be available for both Bannatyne and Fort Garry Bookstores, with additional Saturday pick-up hours on Jan. 16 and 23. Please note that orders for pick-up may be delayed depending on volume.

    UM Libraries are open for virtual help online, with many resources available for students and instructors. Reserve an appointment with one of our librarians.

  • UM is installing 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. Information on bin locations will be available next week. 
  • 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.
  • Be considerate about your mask use. Though masks are not required outdoors, do wear a mask if walking with someone or if you expect to be in close proximity to someone, such as walking to meet someone outdoors. You are not required to wear a mask while working alone in an enclosed office space, but you should close your door to avoid incidental contact with someone.
  • Parking fees have been reduced to $10 per month for staff and student parking permit holders. Casual parking rates also reduced. Effective from Jan. 1 until Apr. 30, 2021.
  • The Province of Manitoba has announced that the entire province has moved to the critical/red level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, effective Thursday, Nov. 12. In addition, new pandemic restrictions have been added to the critical/red level for Winnipeg. The UM is taking all necessary precautions to comply with these restrictions, and keep you safe. Read the full story.
  • Additional information is available on the Students COVID webpage and the Faculty and Staff webpage.
  • 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.

  • Canada’s COVID Alert App is a free exposure notification app designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks. UM is recommending that students, faculty and staff subscribe to the app. This app provides important COVID-19 related information, notifies individuals if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive and provides advice. 
  • View our COVID-19 recovery plan: Your Safety is our Priority, ResUMe 2021/21

Updated January 6, 2021 Cases and status by campus

Breakdown of cases: Dec. 23, 2020 - Jan. 5, 2021

  • 1

    case since last report (see historical summary below)

  • 1

    case 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: 61

 Time period Number of positive cases on our campuses
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.
  • 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.
  • Wear a mask or other appropriate face covering if you are unable to maintain the 2-meter distance.
  • 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

  • A variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – i.e. masks, gloves, etc. – is required for a range of regular activities that occur on UM campuses including certain research activities, cleaning, construction and so on. With the current COVID-19 situation there are additional circumstances where public health authorities recommend PPE use, namely the wearing of masks if 2-meter physical distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Given the current global supply shortages of various PPE materials, Procurement (within Financial Services) will be acquiring materials centrally for the time being.

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 masks is mandatory on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times on UM campuses even when physical distancing is possible. 

  • Effective November 9, 2020, 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).  

  • Effective November 10th, 3-ply disposable masks are mandatory on all other UM campuses for all academic and research activities. 

  • Individuals should wear cloth masks while arriving to their academic or research activity and replace their cloth mask with a 3-ply disposable mask thereafter.  

  • Masks will be distributed by faculties/instructors or supervisors. 

  • Supervisors will communicate directly with employees regarding the need for 3-ply masks to be worn during work and will provide these masks if required. This may include employees who are moving across the campus(es).  

  • The only exceptions 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

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

  • BANNATYNE CAMPUS: 

    • Pick up locations and hours of operation are: 

    • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 5:30 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.

Updated Jan. 13, 2021 COVID-19 vaccine information

On Dec. 16, 2020, the Province of Manitoba started its immunization campaign to protect Manitobans from the pandemic. Since then, over 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province.

Currently, there are limited supplies of the vaccine with the first priority group eligible to be immunized. As supply of the vaccine increases, availability will open up to more Manitobans. 

First Nations Communities

In addition to what's listed on the provincial eligibility criteria, vaccine doses have started rolling out to First Nation communities with the following groups eligible to receive the vaccine at this time: 

  • Health care workers in remote and isolated communities who cannot access the provincial supersites; 

  • residents and staff of Personal Care Homes and Elder care facilities; 

  • adults over age 60 in remote and isolated communities; 

  • adults over age 70 in non-remote communities. 

Students in Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences students in placements are currently eligible for vaccination under these two criteria: 

• work in critical care units (no age restrictions); 

• work in a designated COVID-19 hospital ward (new, no age restrictions)  

UM has identified approximately 150 students that meet this criteria and has encouraged them to get vaccinated. The university will continue to monitor eligibility criteria and adjust the eligible student lists accordingly. 

The following links to the Province of Manitoba webpages provide up to date information: 

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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