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Safety protocols

We continue to monitor Quebec’s epidemiological situation and follow public health recommendations. 

Isolation

Quebec public health has lifted the requirement that you automatically isolate for five days if you test positive for COVID-19. The exception is for fever, a symptom that still requires isolation until fever-free for at least 24 hours without medications.

At Concordia, regardless of COVID test results, if you have symptoms such as cough, sore throat or nasal congestion, we recommend that you:

  • wear a procedure mask on campus if you cannot stay home,
  • avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population,
  • avoid attending social events.

Masks

Wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in most university settings. However, it remains an effective tool in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Consistent with public health guidelines, visitors to Health Services and the Athletic Therapy clinic at the PERFORM Centre must wear a procedure mask at all times.

Procedure masks remain available at most Concordia building entrances.  

Consult public health guidelines on masks.

Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases

  • Staff and Faculty members who cannot report for work due to illness – be it COVID-19-related or other – should follow the regular sick-day process of communicating with their supervisor. Staff with questions regarding sick days, medical leave, or accommodation requests can contact the HR medical absences team.
  • Students who need to communicate an absence should contact their professor, research lead or department administrator. They may also wish to consult information on academic accommodations, including reporting short-term absences.

Those who need non-urgent medical attention can contact Health Services.

Consult Quebec’s COVID-19 resources for additional information.

 

Safety guidelines

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting for Offices EHS-DOC-175 Updated May 1, 2022
  • Cleaning & Disinfection for Research/Teaching Workspaces EHS-DOC-163 Updated May 1, 2022
  • For Mask and Hand Sanitizer Procurement, please contact call 2400
  • For information on organizing events on campus, please refer to Holding events on campus

Frequently asked questions

For the most up-to-date information on symptoms, please visit the Government of Quebec web pages related to COVID-19

Yes, but monitor for symptoms for the 10 days following your last contact with the case.  

Yes. However, for 10 days, you must:

  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people,
  • Wear a mask during any social interaction,
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres from others, and
  • Watch for symptoms. If any appear, test and follow government protocols.

If you have a fever:

  • Avoid coming to campus until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without medications.
  • Inform your supervisor/professor that you are self-isolating.
  • Get tested for COVID-19  following the Using Rapid testing | Gouvernement du Québec (quebec.ca) guideline. If you tested positive, refer to the “I tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?” question below.

If you don’t have a fever:

You can come to campus, but for 10 days following the appearance of these symptoms you should:

  • Wear a procedure mask on campus if you cannot stay home,
  • Avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population.
  • Avoid attending social events.

If you have a fever:

o  Avoid coming to campus until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without medications.

o  Inform your supervisor/professor that you are self-isolating. 

o  Once back on campus, for 10 days following the appearance of your symptoms you should:

  • Wear a procedure mask on campus if you cannot stay home.
  • Avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population.
  • Avoid attending social events.

If you don’t have a fever:

You can come to campus, but for 10 days following the appearance of these symptoms you should:

  • Wear a procedure mask on campus if you cannot stay home.
  • Avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population.
  • Avoid attending social events.

If you are having fever in the last 24 hours, you shouldn’t attend the exam. You would need to communicate your absence with your professor, research lead, or department administrator. you may also wish to consult information on academic accommodations, including reporting short-term absences.

If you don’t have a fever in the last 24 hours without medication and your health situation allows, you can attend the exam provided that for 10 days following the appearance of your symptoms you:

  1. Wear a procedure mask on campus if you cannot stay home,
  2. Avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population,
  3. Avoid attending social events.

You must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to campus. After returning to campus for 10 days following the appearance of your symptoms you would need to:

  • Wear a procedure mask on campus.
  • Avoid contact with members of the vulnerable population.
  • Avoid attending social events.

According to the Quebec Government, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two months, you no longer need to isolate unless you are experiencing fever. 

As a Quebec institution, we have several factors to consider in terms of imposing requirements: the epidemiological situation in the province, community support, and the ability to apply a safety measure that is neither mandated by government nor implemented elsewhere, outside of medical settings.

The decision to remove the mask mandate in public places was made by INSPQ and the Government of Quebec. It was based on the epidemiological situation, including the positive effects of high vaccination rates on COVID-19 virulence, as measured through hospitalization data.

Because we take the health and safety of our community members extremely seriously, we recommend that those entering our spaces continue to wear a mask. We are also continuing to supply masks through dispensers at most building entrances.

-  Inform them that if they are sick and/or need to isolate:

  • Students need to communicate their absences with all their professors, research lead, or department administrator. They may also wish to consult information on academic accommodations, including reporting short-term absences. 
  • Staff and Faculty members should follow the regular sick-day process of communicating with their supervisor. Staff with questions regarding sick days, medical leave, or accommodation requests can contact the HR medical absences team

-  Also inform the student/employee that, before returning to campus, they need to use the Returning to Campus Following your Isolation Period tool.

Professors and department members are not expected to notify those who may have been in contact with a symptomatic or positive case.

  • Verified that ventilation systems are operating in accordance with regulatory standards.
  • Verified that units are suited to the requirements of each space they serve.
  • Ensured that mechanical ventilation systems are functioning properly and are well maintained.

  • Windows should be opened for at least 30 minutes before and after room occupancy,
  • Doors should be left open as much as possible, and
  • If a room is not mechanically ventilated and doesn't have windows that can be opened, its capacity is limited to one person.

  • To report ventilation issues, call Facilities Management at 514-848-2424, ext. 2400, or email at call2400@concordia.ca.
  • To report indoor air quality concerns, contact EHS at 514-848-2424, ext. 4877, or ehs@concordia.ca.

References


Questions? Please write to covid19info@concordia.ca.
 

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