COVID-19: If you are symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19

Updated June 23, 2022

Please follow instructions per below:

  1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (please see specific symptoms and isolation guidance), assume that you may have the virus and may be contagious. You must isolate*:
    1. For at least 5-days if you are fully vaccinated
    2. For at least 10-days if you are not fully vaccinated, are immunocompromised, or live in a highest risk setting
    3. Count the days starting from the day after your symptom onset or positive test date, which ever happens first.
    4. If you are living in residence, self-isolate in your room and immediately contact residence staff for further direction and assistance.
    5. If you are under 12 years of age, isolate for 5-days if fully vaccinated and 10-days if not fully isolated. 
    6.  After your isolation period has ended, you must continue to wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings for another five  (5) days (or ten (10) days if you are immunocompromised).
  2. If you reach the end of your isolation period and have a fever and/or other symptoms, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms ) and you have no fever.
  3. If someone in your household has symptoms or is in receipt of a confirmed COVID-19 positive test and you do not meet the exemptions (refer to Table 4-1) for self-isolation, you must isolate at the same time as the positive/symptomatic member of your household.
  4. If you are living in residence, self-isolate in your room and immediately contact residence staff for further direction and assistance:
  5. Absence reporting:
    1. Faculty, librarians and staff: Ensure that you report your absence to your Manager, Supervisor, Dean, Chair, or Academic Director
    2. Students: Record your absence on ACORN. If you would like advice/assistance related to your absence, please contact your Registrar’s Office. Graduate students should contact their Graduate Coordinator or SGS Student Academic Services.
  6. Notifications/communications: If you are symptomatic, or COVID-19 positive and attend group settings (e.g., childcare, school, in-person work), generally, contacts in those settings (e.g., the classroom cohort) would not be considered close contacts due to the layering of health and safety measures in place in these settings. Therefore, no cohort notification is required. It is highly recommended that individuals complete the provincial health screening tool prior to coming to campus.
    1. Classes do not need to be cancelled and staff do not need to be sent home.
    2. If the instructor/supervisor chooses to communicate about the case, keep the identity of the index case confidential and instead, highlight in the messaging to: continue self-monitoring, recommend the use of the provincial health screening before attending in-person activities on campus, and use masks. If you require assistance for communications, please contact UofT Occupational Health Clinic (ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca). Please see sample communication template.
    3. Individuals who have questions about their personal risk factors (e.g. Am I close contact? Should I isolate? What should I do because I live with immunocompromised family or plan to visit a long-term care home, et al) should be directed to the UofT Occupational Health Clinic (ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca).
  7. Cleaning and disinfection: Transmission from touching surface is not the dominant mode of transmission. However, individuals may disinfect their own areas to the extent feasible (e.g., door knobs, handles etc.) if applicable. Continue to refer to the Tricampus Caretaking COVID-19 Strategy for schedule of on-going enhanced cleaning.

*Per Public Health Ontario case management guidance, the case may leave their room for independent outdoor exercise, but should maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres from others at all times. They must not go to outdoor fitness classes or personal training sessions and should wear a mask in common areas when leaving the property if self-isolating in an apartment building, condo or hotel.

Submission of an online accident/incident report for COVID-19 symptoms is not required unless requested by Occupational Health (OH)/EHS.