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Learn about Sheridan’s response to COVID-19 and our safety plans for limited in-person activity this fall.

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Cases on Campus

Sheridan is taking numerous steps to re-open our campuses gradually and protect people’s health and safety.  This page outlines active cases of COVID-19 connected to Sheridan’s campuses and the institution’s protocols for response and notification.

Reported cases on campus

Any positive case that is connected to campus and reported to Sheridan will be listed below. A blank area indicates that cases that were previously listed have been resolved.

These cases represent circumstances whereby an individual with COVID-19 notified Sheridan of the diagnosis and the individual has either worked, attended class, or otherwise spent a significant amount of time on campus.

Our local public health authorities are responsible for assessing the risk of transmission and the need for contact tracing. They will make direct contact with any individuals who they need to reach.

Date Cases Campus
October 19, 2020 4 Davis Campus

Notification

As per Sheridan’s COVID-19 Symptoms and Diagnosis Reporting Procedure, Sheridan community members will be notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19 if one or more of the following has occurred:

  • A Sheridan community member with symptoms of COVID-19 was on Sheridan property in the last 48 hours before the symptoms began and the information collected during a wellness check and/or follow-up by the Health Centre or Occupational Health and Safety Services suggests an elevated risk of exposure;
  • A Sheridan community member with a COVID-19 diagnosis was on Sheridan property in the 48 hours prior to when COVID-19 Symptoms started, or in the 48 hours prior to the COVID-19 test date and the information collected during a wellness check and/or follow-up by the Health Centre or Occupational Health and Safety Services suggests an elevated risk of exposure;
  • A Sheridan community member with a COVID-19 diagnosis was on Sheridan property in the 10 days after when COVID-19 Symptoms started, or in the 10 days after the COVID-19 test date and the information collected during a wellness check and/or follow-up by the Health Centre or Occupational Health and Safety Services suggests an elevated risk of exposure; or
  • Sheridan has been instructed by the local or provincial public health authorities to notify Sheridan Community Members.
  • Onset of illness

    Please note the following important health and safety information:

    • If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, please do NOT come to campus. You are encouraged to:
      • Get tested for COVID-19. While waiting for the results, please do NOT come to campus
      • Utilize the self-assessment tool developed by the Government of Ontario
      • Contact your health care practitioner
      • Students should contact the Sheridan Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153
    • If you feel ill while on campus, please leave the campus and self-isolate immediately. Self-isolation means staying home and limiting contact with others as much as possible. Everyone is encouraged to report any COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis to Sheridan. Please see Reporting symptoms or diagnosis to Sheridan for more information.
  • Response to a probable student case

    • Student contacts Health Centre for a virtual consultation.*
    • If Health Centre determines symptoms are not related to COVID-19, Health Centre will provide student with clearance to return to class.
    • If Health Centre determines COVID-19 is possible, the student will receive a COVID-19 test at the Health Centre or is referred to a test centre.
    • Health Centre notifies Occupational Health Services of probable case, if necessary.**

    *If a student fails the Sheridan Alert screening when trying to attend classes in person, then they will be referred to the Health Centre and will be booked for a virtual appointment.

    **Health Centre will only notify OHS if employees have been in Close Physical Contact with the probable case student.

    While Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

    • Student self-isolates.
    • Health Centre  contacts probable student.
    • Student advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
    • Health Centre conducts exposure notification for impacted students.
    • Exposed students to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
    • Student(s) advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
    • Exposed students to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms. Student(s) advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
    • Health Centre notifies Facilities, for cleaning and disinfection of impacted areas.
    • OHS conducts exposure notification for employees, if required, based on the investigation by Health Centre.
    • Exposed employees to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
    • OHS notifies Manager(s) of affected employees, if required. Manager informed an employee has been exposed to a person with COVID-19 symptoms and will be offsite until further notice.
    • OHS notifies Workplace Abilities Office to arrange for employee accommodations, if required. Workplace Abilities Office reviews any medical documentation regarding this incident. 

    Negative COVID-19 Test

    • Health Centre provides student with clearance to return to campus, as appropriate.
    • Exposed students must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test.  Students who are secondary exposures can return to campus.
    • Health Centre notifies affected students of negative test result.
    • OHS notifies affected employees, if required.
    • OHS notifies Managers of affected employees, if required.
    • OHS notifies Workplace Abilities Office, if required.

    Positive COVID-19 Test

    • Follow “COVID-19 Diagnosis: Student” procedure
  • Response to a probable employee case

    • Employee reports COVID-19 symptoms or exposure through the OHS Incident Investigation Report.
    • OHS advises employee of the requirements for returning to campus (e.g., a negative COVID-19 test result, improvement of symptoms).
    • OHS advises the Manager of the probable case employee that the employee reported illness and will not be allowed to return to campus until further notice. 
    • OHS notifies Health Centre of probable case, if necessary.*

    *OHS will only contact Health Centre if students have been in prolonged close contact with the probable case employee.

    While Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

    • Employee self-isolates.
    • OHS contacts probable employee.
    • OHS conducts an investigation and sends an exposure notification for affected employees.
    • Exposed employees to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
    • OHS notifies the Manager(s) of affected employees.
    • OHS notifies Workplace Abilities Office of affected employees.
    • OHS notifies Facilities, for cleaning and disinfection of impacted areas.
    • Health Centre conducts exposure notification for students, if required, based on the investigation by OHS.
    • Exposed students to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
    • Exposed student(s) advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.

    Negative COVID-19 Test

    • OHS provides employee with clearance to return to campus.
    • Exposed employees must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test.  Employees who are secondary exposures can return to campus.
    • OHS notifies affected employees of negative test result.
    • OHS notifies the Managers of affected employees.
    • OHS notifies Workplace Abilities Office. Or Workplace Abilities may receive the medical result and notifies OHS.
    • Health Centre notifies affected students of negative test result, if required.

    Positive COVID-19 Test

    • Follow directions of Public Health Ontario. 
    • See “COVID-19 Diagnosis: Employee” procedure.
  • Response to a positive student case

    • Public Health may notify student of COVID-19 diagnosis. Students are strongly encouraged the check their test results 48-72 hours after the test date.
    • Student self-isolates and follows directives of Public Health. If the student does not hear from public health, students are encouraged to contact the Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153 to confirm when you can return to campus.
    • Public Health may conduct contact tracing and provides direction all for action.
    • OHS and Health Centre assist Public Health with contact tracing as requested/directed. If Public Health does not conduct contact tracing or in addition to Public Health's contact tracing, OHS and Health Centre will carry out this task.
    • Facilities arranges cleaning and disinfection as directed by Public Health or OHS and Health Centre.
    • Chief Communications Officer is contacted directly by Public Health if risk-based exposure communication is required.
    • Health Centre contacts diagnosed student.
    • Student advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
    • Health Centre contacts any impacted student(s).
    • Student(s) advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
    • If employee(s) impacted, OHS notifies:
      • Manager of impacted employee(s).  Manager informed an employee has disclosed an illness and will be offsite until further notice.  
      • Workplace Abilities Office to arrange accommodation and reviews any medical documents related to this incident from the impacted employee(s).
  • Response to a positive employee case

    • Public Health may notify employee of COVID-19 diagnosis. Employees are strongly encouraged the check their test results 48-72 hours after the test date.
    • Public Health may conduct contact tracing and provides direction for all action.
    • OHS and Health Centre assist Public Health with contact tracing as requested/directed.
    • Facilities arranges cleaning and disinfection as directed by Public Health. If Public Health does not conduct contact tracing or in addition to Public Health's contact tracing, OHS and Health Centre will carry out this task.
    • Chief Communications Officer is contacted directly by Public Health if risk-based exposure communication is required.
    • OHS notifies Manager(s) of diagnosed employee(s).  
    • Manager informed an employee has disclosed an illness and will be offsite until further notice (plan for a 10-day absence).
    • OHS notifies any Manager(s) of impacted employee(s). 
    • Manager informed an employee has been exposed to COVID-19 and will be offsite until further notice (plan for a 10-day absence).
    • OHS notifies Workplace Abilities Office to arrange accommodation for both diagnosed and impacted employee(s). Workplace Abilities Office reviews any medical documentation related to this incident from the diagnosed and impacted employees.
    • If student(s) impacted, Health Centre contacts impacted student(s); student(s) advised to contact faculty for academic support while in isolation.
  • Returning to campus after a diagnosis

    The return to campus procedure applies to all Sheridan community members including third-party vendors and suppliers.

    If you have been tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative, you can come back to campus after your symptoms improve. However, you should still self-isolate for 14 days if: 

    • you had an exposure to COVID-19 (e.g., through family members or close physical contact with others who have COVID-19) or
    • traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days. 

    If you have tested positive for COVID-19, local public health may follow up with you directly. You must follow any directives given by Public Health. If you do not hear from Public Health, please remain in self-isolation and do NOT return to campus for 10 days from the date when your COVID-19 symptoms began; or for 10 days from the COVID-19 test date if you do not have any symptoms; whichever is later.

    You are also encouraged to let Sheridan know about your diagnosis by contacting the Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153 so we may take the necessary precautions to protect our community.

    As per Sheridan’s COVID-19 Symptoms and Diagnosis Reporting Procedure, Sheridan community members will be notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19 if one or more of the following has occurred:

    • A Sheridan community member or employee with symptoms of COVID-19 was on Sheridan property in the last 48 hours before the symptoms began;
    • A Sheridan community member or employee with a COVID-19 diagnosis was on Sheridan property in the 48 hours prior to when COVID-19 Symptoms started, or in the 48 hours prior to the COVID-19 test date; or
    • Sheridan has been instructed by the local or provincial public health authorities to notify Sheridan Community Members and Employees.
  • Confidentiality

    A diagnosis of COVID-19 is considered private medical information and is therefore considered confidential. The identity of anyone with COVID-19 will remain confidential. Under no circumstances will the College release identifying information of an individual who has contracted COVID-19 to the media or to our community members. In collaboration with Public Health, Sheridan will inform those who may be at risk that they have been exposed but will not share the identity of the individual who has contracted the virus.

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols

    Sheridan has always complied and will continue to comply with the Ontario Public Health’s guidelines on Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Settings for COVID-19. In keeping with established guidelines, Facilities Services will clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in common spaces at least twice daily and engage in enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of all Sheridan spaces once daily.

    Sheridan will provide appropriate cleaning and disinfecting tools for use while on Sheridan property. In specific labs, studios, and workshops, Sheridan community members, who use the space, equipment, tools and materials, will engage in cleaning and disinfecting such items before and after use.