Protocol for Notifications Regarding Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

How and when you will be notified about COVID-19 occurrences on U of A campuses

Last updated: November 16, 2020

A Note about Privacy

In Alberta, privacy laws protect the locations and personal information of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Please respect the rights, health and safety of fellow community members, and follow U of A COVID-19 reporting protocols

Notifications to Individuals Who May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If you are part of an organized university activity and you are identified as having been exposed to COVID-19, you will be notified as soon as possible via your email address (students and employees), or the email address provided when registering as an external participant.

U of A instructors, supervisors, and campus activity coordinators work with the U of A Rapid Response Triage Team and AHS to issue notifications. See U of A COVID-19 rapid response protocols.

General Notifications to the U of A Community

If AHS or the U of A determines there is a risk of exposure to any U of A group or our greater community, the university will issue community-specific notifications (such as to a particular class or work unit, or occupants of a particular building) and public notifications as appropriate through the following channels: 

Confirmed cases in our province and health region are regularly reported by the Government of Alberta. In the event of an outbreak of 10 or more related positive cases of COVID-19 in a particular location or at a specific event, the Government of Alberta also issues public notifications through their Outbreaks in Alberta webpage and bi-weekly updates. In some instances of outbreaks in public communal settings, such as restaurants, salons, or gyms, an outbreak is publicly listed when there are 5 or more cases.

In compliance with Chief Medical Officer of Health recommendations, the university will not issue general public notifications about individual exposures or cases unless Alberta Health Services determines there is a community risk. 

This protocol supports the U of A’s comprehensive COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan, which mitigates against the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. 

Support accurate contact tracing. Use Here@UAlberta together with the ABTraceTogether mobile app to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, while protecting your privacy.

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