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Note: Faculty, staff, students and visitors must complete the mandatory screening questionnaire before coming to campus.
Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Update 15: December 17, 2020

Positive COVID-19 case reported on campus

What

We’ve received confirmation of an individual who visited campus and has tested positive for COVID-19.

When and where

The individual visited campus on Friday, December 11 and accessed the J Building.

Implications/actions

  • Immediately upon learning of this case, affected areas within J Building were closed for deep cleaning and sanitizing. These areas will re-open on Friday, December 18.
  • The university is collaborating with the Durham Region Health Department on contact tracing and is supporting individuals who need to get tested and quarantine.

The university wishes the individual a safe and speedy recovery.

Reminder about COVID-19 reporting steps

The university has developed a COVID-19 reporting protocol to isolate and contain all situations that arise for those who visit or live on campus.

  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health.
  • If a faculty member, staff member or student receives a positive COVID-19 test, Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) assesses the risk of transmission within the university community, as well as the need for contact tracing and follow-up. DRPH provides direction to the university to mitigate any risk of community transmission. The university provides DRPH with information to help with contact tracing.
  • If Public Health asks you to isolate, or if you test positive, your first step should always be to notify our Case Management team. Please refer to our COVID-19 reporting process document for additional details.
    • Note: Do not return to campus until you have been cleared and the university’s Case Management team has given you permission to return.
  • If you become aware of someone who is perceived to be ill, or has tested positive, or if you live with or have otherwise come into contact with someone who has been exposed or has tested positive and has been to campus, follow the steps outlined in our COVID-19 reporting process document.

General processes and safety measures:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in all university buildings.
  • Self-screen daily, practise physical distancing, and sanitize regularly.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity or service appointment, or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library.
  • On the day you come to campus, complete the mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving. Only come to campus if you receive permission to do so.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled appointment or activity.
  • Follow physical distancing whenever possible, including when you are off campus.

We’ll continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, social media (as applicable), the Ontario Tech mobile app and on the Ready for You website.

For more information, contact Jacquelyn Dupuis, Director, Risk Management, at COVIDOTF@ontariotechu.ca.