Reporting Symptoms

All individuals including employees, students, visitors and contractors, must submit a COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form through cuScreen in the event they have been on campus in the 10 days prior to:

  • the onset of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 as defined below and which are unrelated to pre-existing conditions;
  • failing one or more of the COVID-19 screening self-assessment questions;
  • 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.

For students and visitors, Health and Counselling Services will do an assessment and will follow up with you for more information.

For employees and contractors, 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.

Video: Report Symptoms

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
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste 
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Fatigue, lethargy, malaise and/or myalgias* (for adults ≥ 18 years or older)
    Unusual tiredness, lack of energy (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, or other known causes or conditions you already have).
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (for children < 18 years)
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

*If you received a COVID-19 vaccination in the last 48 hours and are experiencing mild fatigue, that only began after vaccination, select “No.” in the COVID-19 screening tool.

Symptoms may take up to 10 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, 201 KB) as of August 27, 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.