Updated March 5, 2021 at 12:37 PM
This page will be updated regularly with the current status of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to York University. The numbers consist of community members who were present on our campuses prior to their diagnosis (i.e. not those studying/working remotely).
In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, health authorities are responsible for assessing the risk of transmission within our community, and any needed contact tracing and follow up.
You can help our community stay safe by following public health guidelines and safety protocols for students or the protocols for employees.
What you need to know
In the last 14 days, have you had close contact with someone COVID-19 positive (including getting a COVID Alert exposure notification)?
If yes, please stay at home (or for those living on campus in i.e. residence), self-isolate & do not come to our campuses). Must self-isolate for 14 days, and should arrange to get tested.
If yes, do not come to our campuses & remain in quarantine. Must quarantine for 14 days
If yes, please do not come to our campuses. If you live on campus i.e. in residence, you must self-isolate. During the Provincewide Shutdown, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) strongly advises anyone that has traveled outside of Ontario to self-isolate.
Stay at home (or for those living on campus in i.e. residence), self-isolate
and do not come to our campuses. Must self-isolate for 14 days, and should arrange to get tested.
If you arrange to get tested:
- Test Positive: Self-isolate for at least 10 days and follow advice from public health
- Test Negative: Can come back to school/work after a minimum of 24 hours improved symptoms
- No Testing: Must isolate for a minimum of 10 days if symptoms are improving for 24 hours
York has planned carefully for a variety of possible scenarios and we are utilizing our Incident Management Protocol to isolate and contain all situations that arise for those that come onto our campuses and for those within our live-in community.
In any scenario of positive COVID-19 diagnoses reported to the University, we liaise closely with Toronto Public Health and follow their guidance and provide all necessary information to assist their efforts with contact tracing.
Toronto Public Health also assesses if there is a community risk of transmission, and the University adheres to all direction provided to mitigate any identified risk.
York advises any member of our community exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately self-isolate, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and contact Toronto Public Health , OntarioTelehealth or a doctor to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.
Yes, faculty and staff are required to complete and confirm COVID-19 Screening prior to accessing our campuses/locations each time.
What should I do if I answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions in the daily completion of the York University – COVID-19 Screening Checklist?
- Each case will be determined based on its own merit, direction from the local public health unit and liaison with EWB/OSCR.
- It is mandatory for those who are cleared to return to campus following a positive COVID-19 test result, that they also will have satisfied their required self-isolation period and have the ability to answer ‘no’ to all questions contained in the York University – COVID-19 Screening Checklist.
I heard that someone who attended campus with me has tested positive for COVID-19. How will I know if I need to take action?
- York has processes in place to identify close contacts, while maintaining the confidentiality of those involved. York communicates with the COVID-19 positive individual as well as others to gather information, and consults with public health authorities.
- Individuals identified as close contacts, or who have potential close contacts who have tested positive, will be contacted with direction to liaise with the local public health unit should they meet the definition of a close contact.
- York maintains regular communication with each individual and provides confirmation of clearance to resume on-campus attendance in accordance with the public health unit, as well as York’s COVID-19 protocol.
- If you have not heard from EWB/OSCR, no action is required. Any questions related to specific COVID-19 potential close contact should be directed to:
- Please review this information regarding contact management for staff/faculty.
- If you are able to continue working, discuss available accommodation/work from home with your manager.
- If directed by public health to self-isolate and no accommodation/work from home support is available, York University will continue to pay for the self-isolation period.
- Sick time may be utilized for periods of illness related to COVID-19.
- You could also be eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), please see: CSRB Information
- For individuals who are required to self-isolate due to non-essential travel, you may use vacation or personal time only during this period.
Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding a potential COVID-19 contact on the York University campus?
- York University is compliant with all regulatory requirements set out by the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
- Measures being taken are specifically laid out in the YU Safety Plan.
Following a positive COVID-19 test, do I need a negative test result in order to resume on-campus attendance?
- In most cases a negative COVID-19 test result is not required to resume on-campus attendance. This aligns with direction from the province of Ontario and public health.
- It is mandatory for those who are cleared to return to campus following a positive COVID-19 test result, that they will have satisfied their required self-isolation period and have the ability to answer ‘no’ to all questions contained in the York University – COVID-19 Screening Checklist.
- Any questions should be directed to:
- COVID-19 Protocol for Screening, Self-Disclosure and Incident Management: English | French
- Health and Safety Guidelines for Returning to Campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic [PDF]
- COVID-19 Screening Checklist
- COVID-19 Protocol for Health and Safety Information for 3rd Parties [English]