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U of T community members?isolating, precautions taken?after?four test?positive?for COVID-19?

(photo by Johnny Guatto)

Toronto Public Health has linked four cases of COVID-19 to an?informal,?close-contact athletic activity?on?the University of Toronto’s St. George?campus.?

All the individuals involved?in the activity, which was not sponsored or organized by U?of T,?were?on the university’s?Back?Campus field?near?Tower Road?and Hoskins Avenue?on Nov. 8?between noon and 6 p.m.?The university is working?closely?with Toronto Public Health?to?assess the situation and?conduct contact tracing. All?those identified as having close contact?with the individuals?have been notified and are self-isolating.?The?university?and Toronto Public Health are following up?on?all of the confirmed cases.?University?staff are in contact with the?individuals?to support them.?

Based on the information gathered at this time, none of the individuals attended?in-person classes and?all contact took place?outdoors.???

Toronto Public Health has determined that there is low risk to other members of the community?such as those who may have walked by the field during that time.??

Although outdoor activities present a lower transmission risk, the?cases are?a?reminder of the?importance?of physical distancing at all times.??

As a precaution,?the university has?temporarily?closed the?field.?An intensive cleaning of related indoor spaces?also?has been completed as part of the university’s protective measures related to COVID-19.?Members of the community are reminded that close-contact physical activity is not recommended by public health authorities, either indoors or outdoors.???

Members of the U of T community can continue to register for organized, outdoor programming that is conducted?according to public health guidance – including on Back Campus,?when the field is reopened.??

Any?student who?has?COVID-19 symptoms should contact their?health-care practitioner or?campus?health centre.?Students living in residence?who develop symptoms?should contact residence staff for further direction and assistance.?Employees who begin to experience symptoms should contact the university’s occupational health nurse at?ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca. All those experiencing symptoms should follow the directives detailed by?Toronto Public Health, including self-isolating and following recommendations for seeking additional care.?

All U of T community members are reminded to conduct a regular symptom self-assessment using?UCheck?or?a paper-based or offline self-assessment log, and to continue physical distancing, practising?good hygiene, and adhering?to university and public health directives. These include:?

  • Maintaining a distance of two metres?from others at all times
  • Using?a cloth mask
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds?or using?hand sanitizer
  • Covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze?then immediately throwing the tissue in the garbage and washing your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Monitoring yourself for?COVID-19 symptoms?and using?the?UCheck?self-assessment web portal or a paper-based or offline self-assessment log?

Any member of the U of T community who is contacted by public health in relation to COVID-19 is asked to contact the university’s?occupational health nurse?at?ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca.??

More information?about?U of T’s response to the pandemic can be found on the?university’s coronavirus page,?including?Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).? ?