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Health and Safety

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on Campus: Response Protocols

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus: 

  • When an individual reports a lab-confirmed positive case, the Supervisor/faculty member must immediately inform their Dean/Director and Health and Safety at safety@uwindsor.ca, 519-253-3000 ext. 2055.  Health and Safety will initiate notification to Senior Leadership, activate the COVID-19 Case Response Team, the COVID-19 Communications Response Team, and Facility Services, Environmental Services for disinfection purposes as required.  Reasonable measures will be taken to protect the identity of individuals with respect to COVID-19 case management.   

  • Supervisors and employees are reminded that a positive test result is a medical diagnosis, and must be treated confidentially, including not sharing this information with others.  This information is only to be shared with Health and Safety and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU).  

  • Supervisors and employees must ensure their records of on-campus work days, hours, building locations, and close contacts are readily available to forward to Health and Safety, upon request. 

  • The University, Health and Safety, and the COVID-19 Case Response Team will work with WECHU to determine the next steps required.   

  • Contact tracing will be conducted by WECHU, in consultation with the COVID-19 Case Response Team, and will identify and contact only those individuals who are required to self-isolate and/or get tested. The University will follow the direction from WECHU or the appropriate public health bodies on the approach to contact tracing and communication on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Only those who meet the University’s definition of “close contact”, or those identified by WECHU, will be individually notified. Close contact means:  

    • being less than 2 meters (6 feet) apart AND 
    • for longer than 15 minutes 
  • Anyone who is identified as having been in close contact with a person who tested positive will be asked to self-isolate from the last known contact with the affected individual, per the direction of public health authorities.  

  • The work area will be closed to other users and properly disinfected.  Health and Safety will coordinate with Facility Services on the appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures as appropriate.  

  • While maintaining the individual’s health information privacy, the University and the COVID-19 Communications Response Team will act on WECHU or appropriate public health bodies’ instruction to post notices of any positive COVID-19 results.    

  • It is critical to continue to practice physical distancing, proper hygiene etiquette, wearing Community Protective Equipment (CPE) and conducting a health screening self-assessment, as part of the COVID-19 hazard mitigation measures outlined in the University’s Return to Campus communications and directions.