Procedures in the Event of Confirmed/Symptomatic Case or Exposure to COVID-19

Updated: August 31, 2022

For the latest information about U of T’s COVID-19 response, please see the UTogether  page. Please take the time to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), the Human Resources & Equity COVID-19 webpage (e.g. Return to Work Processes during COVID-19 Response document), the HR COVID-19 Returning to Campus webpage, and the COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students webpage from the VP Provost, Students. For research-related information, please visit the COVID-19 Research and Innovations webpage. If you or members of your unit have a question that is not covered, please consider using the Contact Us button located at the top of the FAQ section to submit your question.

Public health paused contact tracing requirements in early 2022. Contact tracing is no longer conducted and the lifting of most restrictions across Ontario, most COVID-19 infections will not be work-related, but if a department/unit has reasonable cause to believe that an employee contracted COVID-19 at the workplace due to an increased risk greater than the risk to the general public, please contact OHS, ( Examples of workplace settings where there is an increased risk include healthcare workers or first responders providing interventions to those with COVID-19.

For workplace settings where there is NO increased risk but where employees/supervisors/academic leads, etc. have concerns about potential workplace transmission or multiple cases in their area can contact Occupational Health ( for assistance. Occupational  Health will assess on a case-by-case basis and provide next steps.


What are symptoms of COVID-19?

For the most up-to-date information, please review the symptoms on the Ontario government website.


Health screening

Individuals can monitor their health using the provincial health screening tool. Completing a health screening before coming to campus is encouraged but not required, and we continue to ask members of our community to remain at home if they are ill.

Procedures related to COVID-19 symptoms/illness/exposure

In the event an individual requires immediate medical assistance (i.e. EMS or 911)

If you are symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19

Sample communication template for symptomatic or confirmed cases (if applicable)

I am a household contact of someone who is symptomatic or who tested positive for COVID-19

I am a non-household contact/close contact of someone who is symptomatic or who tested positive for COVID-19

I have completed the isolation period. When can I return and do I need to be tested to return to campus?

If you require further assistance, please contact Occupational Health (