Updates for the U of A community for the week ending September 18

This week’s edition includes information on: asymptomatic testing, testing for out-of-province or international students and employees, new HR resources for supporting staff and faculty, and how you can help support accurate tracing if visiting campus.

18 September 2020

Posted: September 18, 2:30 p.m.

Asymptomatic testing still available for teachers and staff 

Yesterday, the Government of Alberta announced an update to our provincial testing approach in preparation for winter cold and influenza season. Testing will prioritize Albertans with symptoms and vulnerable groups at higher risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. Voluntary asymptomatic testing remains available to school teachers and staff. See who can be tested for full details.

Don’t have an Alberta Healthcare Number? You can still be tested. 

Out-of-province or international students and employees who currently reside in Alberta and have been recommended for COVID-19 testing can and should book a test with Alberta Health Services. (It's free!) First: Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for Albertans. Second: If you’ve been recommended for testing, fill out the form at the end of the assessment simply leaving the healthcare number blank OR call Alberta Health Services at 8-1-1 to book your appointment. 

New and updated information for employees from Human Resource Services

Visit the Faculty and Staff and HRS websites for new information related to supporting staff with childcare needs, guidance for managing staff remotely, the mask exception process, assessing the needs of staff working remotely, and thriving while working remotely. 

Help support accurate tracing with Here@UAlberta

Almost 5,000 members of U of A’s on-campus community have checked out (and in! using) Here@UAlberta. Students, faculty, and staff are using Here@UAlberta to quickly share the locations they visit while on campus. Help protect yourself and our community in the event of an exposure or outbreak of COVID-19. Let us know you're here.