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FEELING UNWELL? COVID-19 Reporting Form

Durham College (DC) is committed to operating its campuses in a way that ensures the health and well-being of our entire campus community. Appropriate COVID-19 risk mitigation measures are currently in place at the college, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health, and it is important that our employees, students and contractors continue to follow DC’s guidelines for working and learning on campus.

If a student, employee or contractor is feeling ill, has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 or has travelled in the past 14 days:

If you are on-campus when you begin to feel ill, you must:

  • Contact the appropriate person listed above.
  • Go home immediately, avoiding public transit if possible.
  • Remain home and contact Public Health to receive further direction.
  • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and approved to return by DC’s Health and Safety/Risk Management department.

If you are off-campus when you begin to feel ill, you must:

  • Contact the appropriate person listed above.
  • Stay home and contact Public Health to receive further direction.
  • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and approved to return by DC’s Health and Safety/Risk Management department.

For more information on the reporting actions to be taken, please read our COVID Reporting infographic.

If you come into contact with a positive case of COVID-19, you may be asked by Public Health to self-monitor or self-isolate – but what does that mean?

  • Self-monitoring: you must monitor your symptoms for 14 days. Try to avoid crowds and be sure to wear a mask when inside buildings or when closer than two metres to someone. If you begin to feel ill, you should stay home, contact your doctor or health care professional and Public Health and follow our reporting guidelines.
  • Self-isolation: if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay at home. If you haven’t already, contact your doctor and follow our reporting guidelines.

When a student or employee indicates that they are unwell or have a positive COVID-19 test result, the following steps will be taken by the college, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) as deemed appropriate:

  • The Health and Safety/Risk Management team will contact the individual.
  • The individual will be instructed to stay at home and not return to campus until approved to do so.
  • If the case is positive, information on the case will be submitted to DRPH as required.
  • The Health and Safety/Risk Management team will conduct an assessment and work with DRPH, as appropriate, to address the case.
  • If the individual reports a positive COVID-19 test, DRPH will complete contact tracing efforts, with DC’s support and cooperation.
  • Any individuals or areas directly impacted by the positive case will be contacted by the Health and Safety/Risk Management team
  • Depending on the case, the following steps may be taken:
    • Closure of the areas accessed for required amount of time.
    • Extensive cleaning and sanitization of the areas accessed.
  • The college will communicate the positive case to the campus community through the channels listed below .
  • Once a case has resolved and the individual has recovered, Health and Safety/Risk Management will approve the individual to return to campus.

For more information on the reporting actions to be taken, please read our COVID Reporting infographic.

DC is committed to communicating with its campus community in an open and transparent manner. Here is how we will inform you about positive COVID-19 cases at DC.

  • On-campus case (an individual who has been on campus in the past 14 days)
    • COVID-19 Reporting dashboard will be updated.
    • Contact tracing email will be sent to students and employees who may have been in contact with the positive case.
    • Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) may also contact individuals who may be determined to be at risk. Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of the campus community is to continue following DC’s health and safety protocols below.
  • On-campus outbreak (two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection on campus)
    • Message will be sent to all students and employees via email.
    • Update will be sent through the DC Mobile
    • Update will be posted on the COVID-19 webpage.
    • COVID-19 Reporting dashboard will be updated.
    • Contact tracing email will be sent to students and employees who may have been in contact with the positive case.
    • Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) may also contact individuals who may be determined to be at risk. Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of the campus community is to continue following DC’s health and safety protocols below.

Note: if Ontario Tech University confirms they have an individual who has reported having tested positive for COVID-19, and has been in their north campus buildings, which could impact the DC community, we will communicate this information with DC employees and students appropriately.

Vaccination

All individuals attending campus, college-operated property or college sanctioned events are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO), or have received the first of a two-dose vaccine as a condition to come to campus. DC students, employees, clients, third-party contractors, visitors and/or other guests on DC campuses, affiliated facilities and in student residences, must provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus.

By Sunday, October 17, all individuals attending campus, college-operated property or college sanctioned events are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an accepted vaccine. DC students, employees, clients, third-party contractors, visitors and/or other guests on DC campuses, affiliated facilities and in student residences, must provide proof of full vaccination before coming to campus.

As outlined in the college’s vaccination policy, individuals will be required to:

  • Be fully vaccinated by Sunday, October 17 with World Health Organization (WHO)-approved vaccination; or
  • Have received an exemption from DC’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Note: exemptions will not be extended to clients, third-party contractors, visitors or other community members.

Individuals who have received an exemption, as per above, or who are not fully vaccinated, must test negative on a rapid antigen test twice per week before entering our campuses or affiliated facilities and student residences, prior to Sunday, October 17. Rapid testing will be available at Durham College’s Whitby and Oshawa campuses during the vaccination grace period (Sept 13 to Oct 17, 2021). Rapid test results will be valid for three days and will be shown to security at the designated entrances to campus. Effective October 18, the grace period and rapid testing will end, and individuals will not be permitted on campus until they are fully vaccinated.  More information on rapid testing will be released soon.

COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire

All individuals coming to campus are required to complete the COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening questionnaire prior to accessing Durham College (DC) buildings.

Cleaning and disinfection

DC’s campus cleaning service provider GDI is:

  • Performing enhanced cleaning, including disinfecting high touch areas, two to three times daily in all spaces.
  • Cleaning all washrooms three times daily.
  • Taking immediate action on service requests from the health and safety officer for enhanced cleaning in specific areas.

Employees and students also have access to:

  • Hand sanitizer at building entrances, in all learning environments and in common areas.
  • Disinfectant wipes in common office spaces for employees to clean their individual work spaces. Note: employees must disinfect their personal workstation at the start and end of each day. Requests for additional cleaning products or cleaning service can be submitted through the Service Desk.
  • Sanitization wipe dispensers in each classroom. Students are encouraged to use these cleaning products to sanitize their workstation before and after using it.

Self-screening

  • Before coming to campus, all individuals must complete the COVID-19 school screening.
  • All individuals must also be prepared to self-screen before entering a college building.
  • Security personnel will be present at each entrance to observe and monitor those entering campus and confirm each person has self-screened, is wearing a non-medical mask or face covering and has applied hand sanitizer before continuing further into the college.

    Masks and face coverings

    • All individuals are required to bring a face mask or covering to wear inside college buildings.
    • Those who cannot wear a face mask or covering must complete a risk assessment by emailing susan.smikle@durhamcollege.ca for students or maureen.calhoun@durhamcollege.ca for employees.
    • Those who cannot wear a mask and come to campus without completing a risk assessment will be asked to leave.
    • Masks are required in food consumption areas except while seated and eating.

    Physical distancing

    • Individuals should maintain two metre distancing when not in an indoor learning space. As a reminder, masks or face coverings are required while on campus.

    Employees working remotely who need to come to campus should read the information available on the ICE Working Remotely page.