1. Reporting Symptoms
    1. Employees
    2. Students Living in Residence
    3. All Other Students
  2. Self-Assessment
  3. Symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Tested, Now What?

Reporting Symptoms

Employees

Any employee (including faculty, contract instructors, staff and teaching/research assistants) must notify their manager/supervisor/Chair in the event they have been on campus in the 14 days prior to:

  • the onset of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 as defined below and which are unrelated to pre-existing conditions;
  • going for a COVID-19 test;
  • being advised that they are to self-isolate by public health authorities (including under the Class Section 22 order);
  • receiving a notification on the COVID Alert app; or
  • receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.

Managers/supervisors/Chairs are required to submit the COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form for each of the above scenarios.

Employees who prefer to self-report may do so directly on the COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form. Environmental Health and Safety will do an assessment and will follow up with you and your manager/supervisor/Chair as appropriate.

Employees who are unable to perform their duties as a result of the above scenarios should follow the usual sick leave reporting processes.

Students Living in Residence

Students living in residence should follow the Department of Housing and Residence Life’s symptom reporting process.

All Other Students

Students who do not live in residence must self-report through the Student COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form in the event they have been on campus in the 14 days prior to:

  • the onset of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 as defined below and which are unrelated to pre-existing conditions;
  • going for a COVID-19 test;
  • being advised that they are to self-isolate by public health authorities (including under the Class Section 22 order);
  • receiving a notification on the COVID Alert app; or
  • receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.

Self-Assessment

If you are worried you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, please take the self-assessment from the Government of Ontario.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. Symptoms may also vary in different age groups. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, COPD, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Shortness of breath
    Not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Sore throat
    Not related to seasonal allergies, acid reflux, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Difficulty swallowing
    Painful swallowing not related to other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste 
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Pink eye
    Conjunctivitis (not related to reoccurring styes or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
    Not related to seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Headache
    Unusual, long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Muscle aches
    Unusual, long-lasting (not related to a sudden injury, fibromyalgia, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Extreme tiredness
    Unusual, fatigue, lack of energy (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Falling down often
    For older people

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Symptoms mentioned above are taken from the Ontario Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) (PDF, 238 KB) as of March 9, 2021.

Tested, Now What?

Ottawa Public Health has prepared a helpful resource with guidance about what to do after you’ve been tested for COVID-19.