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COVID-19 Information & University Updates

In an effort to keep our Algoma University community informed, this page has been created to provide our students, faculty, and staff with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Algoma University works closely with the public health units where all three of our campuses are located (Algoma, Peel and Porcupine) in order to provide accurate information, resources, and guidelines to our University community concerning the current pandemic. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Algoma University continues to take proactive steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our University community across all three campuses.

On this page you will find the number of confirmed cases among members of the Algoma University community, all relevant campus updates, policies and procedures applicable to the COVID-19 Pandemic, frequently asked questions and much more.

Should you have any COVID-19 related questions, please contact covid@algomau.ca

Campus Safety Plan

Mandatory Screening Policy

Vaccine Policy

Covid Isolation Protocols

  • Vaccine verification will be conducted by the Verify Ontario government app. Download your updated certificate with QR code through here.  Please ensure to have a piece of ID available to present at the door with the QR code.
  • Students and employees are required to complete the Health Screening prior to or upon entry to any Algoma University building.
  • Guests are required to complete a guest sign-in.

Current Status

(Updated April 20th, 2022)

Our vaccine policy went into effect on September 1st, please see important dates below:

  • September 1st, 2021- all members of the Algoma University community aged 12 and over, will be required to attest and provide supporting documentation to their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to accessing campus.
    • Provide your vaccination status by filling out the form linked here.
  • September 7th, 2021 – have one dose of a Health Canada or WHO approved vaccine
  • October 15th, 2021 – fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose)
  • January 10, 2022 – Accommodation Application Deadline
  • January 16, 2022 – All members of the Algoma University community aged 12 and over, will be required to attest and provide supporting documentation to their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to accessing campus.
    • Provide your vaccination status by filling out the form linked here.
  • January 16, 2022 – Deadline to receive your second vaccination dose and upload it to be considered fully vaccinated by the first day of in person classes.
  • January 19, 2022 11:59pm – Deregistration from In-Person Courses
    • Partially vaccinated students who did not upload their proof of their second vaccination dose by the January 16, 2022 deadline or any remaining students who have not uploaded their vaccination status will be deregistered from their in-person winter term courses.

All students, employees and guests will be required to screen in via SaniTrakr upon arrival. For more information and support on SaniTrakr, please click here.

Visitors are now required to provide proof of full vaccination in order to access campus and events.

All classes will begin virtually on January 10, 2022. We will transition back to originally planned delivery mode for February 7, 2022.

All buildings will be open from 8:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday. Campus buildings will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Rapid Antigen Testing Clinic, for both campuses will operate by appointment only. Please email covid@algomau.ca to arrange an appointment time.

Campus Hours and Services as of February 7, 2022 unless specified:

All buildings will be open from 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM, Monday to Friday, and 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Access and student card pick up and drop off will be available in the Welcome Centre from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday to Friday, and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday.

We ask that you continue to follow the direction of Northern College and to work with your direct supervisors to develop your back to campus planning.

Campus Hours and Services:

  • The Main Building will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. Access to the building is available through Doors U and Z only.
  • The CC Building will remain closed to the general public, but accessible through the East and West doors for those with approved swipe access.
  • The Rapid Antigen Testing Clinic will operate by appointment only. Please email covid@algomau.ca to arrange an appointment time.
  • Please note that health screening is still required every time you access campus

In-Person Gatherings:

All in-person gatherings will be cancelled until February 7th, 2022.

Campus Hours and Services as of February 7, 2022 unless specified:

The Main Building (Shingwauk Hall and North Wing) will be open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Monday to Friday and 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on weekends. Access to the building is available through Doors U and Z only. 

The Convergence Centre will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday to Thursday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each Friday.  The building will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Access to the building is available through the Main Entrance doors or by the East and West doors for those with pre-approved swipe access.

 

Please visit Student FAQs (SSM Campus) for more details.

For further details on the current campus information and access to resources, please view the campus-specific Student FAQs: Sault Ste. MarieBramptonTimmins.

We thank you for your continued adherence to these measures. Our collective efforts will continue to make a difference.

Covid 19 Isolation

If you have COVID-19, isolating will help stop the spread of the virus. This is particularly important to prevent the transmission of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

You must isolate if you:

  • Have symptoms of Covid 19
  • Have tested positive for Covid 19
  • If you were a close contact with someone who has Covid 19 or has symptoms of Covid 19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, assume that you may have the virus and may be contagious.

Symptoms include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • decreased or loss of taste or smell
  • two or more of:
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • headache
    • extreme fatigue
    • sore throat
    • muscle aches or joint pain
    • gastrointestinal symptoms (such as vomiting or diarrhea)

Isolation Period: 

People with symptoms:

  • 5 days if you have symptoms and you are fully vaccinated, or otherwise healthy or under the age of 12
  • 10 days if you are not fully vaccinated or immunocompromised
  • In both cases everyone in the household must isolate

Please note: You can end isolation after five days only if your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours, and you continue to follow all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing. If your symptoms are not in the list above, stay home until you feel better for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system).

People without symptoms:

  • Self monitor for symptoms for 10 days after your last exposure
  • wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and follow all other public health measures if leaving home
  • do not visit any high-risk settings or people who may be at higher risk of illness (such as seniors) for 10 days after your last exposure

Reporting:

Please report symptoms and test results to your management officer as well as covid@algomau.ca

For more information please visit Covid-19 Ontario

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Quarantine/Arrival Information

Through the efforts of the Quarantine Readiness Team, Algoma University has been registered with the Government of Canada as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with a Provincially Approved Quarantine Readiness Plan. This plan outlines the steps required when an international student attempts to enter Canada as a member of the Algoma University community, and provides details on how our institution is prepared to support these students.

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Vaccines

The government of Ontario announced that as of May 18, 2021, that all Ontario residents 18+ will be eligible to book a vaccine.

In preparation for safe return to campus activities, Algoma University encourages all community members to consult the following websites for up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination clinics, eligibility and appointments

For Brampton: visit Peel Region Health Services here.

For Sault Ste. Marie: visit Algoma Public Health here.

For Timmins: visit Porcupine Health Unit here.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of any of the vaccination clinics and require time off work to do so, should contact their direct management officers to make arrangements.

Please note that employees will not be required to use vacation/lieu or sick time to attend a vaccination appointment.

Our vaccine policy will go into effect on September 1st, please see important dates below:

Fall Semester:

  • September 1st, 2021, all members of the Algoma University community aged 12 and over, will be required to attest and provide supporting documentation to their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to accessing campus.
  • September 7, 2021 – have one dose of a Health Canada or WHO approved vaccine
  • October 15, 2021 – fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose)

Winter Semester:

  • January 10, 2022 – Accommodation Application Deadline
  • January 16, 2022 – All members of the Algoma University community aged 12 and over, will be required to attest and provide supporting documentation to their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to accessing campus.
    • Provide your vaccination status by filling out the form linked here.
  • January 16, 2022 – Deadline to receive your second vaccination dose and upload it to be considered fully vaccinated by the first day of in person classes.
  • January 19, 2022 11:59pm – Deregistration from In-Person Courses
    • Partially vaccinated students who did not upload their proof of their second vaccination dose by the January 16, 2022 deadline or any remaining students who have not uploaded their vaccination status will be deregistered from their in-person winter term courses.
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Should you have any questions for the Task Force, please email covid@algomau.ca

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