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;
  • receiving a positive COVID-19 test result; or
  • being advised that they are to self-isolate by public health authorities (including under the Class Section 22 order).

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

Employees who prefer to self-report may do so directly on the COVID-19 Symptom Tracing 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;
  • receiving a positive COVID-19 test result; or
  • being advised that they are to self-isolate by public health authorities.

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
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough that’s new or worsening
    Continuous, more than usual, not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, COPD)
  • Barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing
    Croup, not related to other known causes or conditions
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, asthma)
  • Sore throat
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, seasonal allergies, acid reflux)
  • Difficulty swallowing
    Painful swallowing, not related to other known causes or conditions
  • Runny nose
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather)
  • Stuffy or congested nose
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, seasonal allergies)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, allergies, neurological disorders)
  • Pink eye
    Conjunctivitis, not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, reoccurring styes)
  • Headache that’s unusual or long lasting
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, tension-type headaches, chronic migraines)
  • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety in children, menstrual cramps)
  • Muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting
    Not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, a sudden injury, fibromyalgia)
  • Extreme tiredness that is unusual
    Fatigue, lack of energy, not related to other known causes or conditions (for example, depression, insomnia, thyroid disfunction)
  • 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 Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 school screening form as of September 18, 2020.

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.