Are the rumours true? What you need to know about COVID in residence

covid-residence-blog.jpgIt’s scary to hear that your favourite restaurant or local grocery store has had a positive COVID case. We know it can be even scarier when you hear there’s a positive case near home.

So what if there’s a case in residence? Here’s what to do and what precautions you can take to stay safe. But first, let’s ease some of your concerns.

Although there are cases in Edmonton, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has said the exposure risk is still low right now. If the exposure risk changes, AHS will tell us—but in the meantime, take a deep breath.

What happens if there’s a case in residence?

If someone in residence tests positive for COVID-19, they’ll be supported by AHS and Residence Services. They will be instructed to isolate immediately (if they haven’t already done so) to prevent the spread.

Do I need to isolate?

Unless you have been in close contact with a positive case, you probably don’t need to isolate. If you have come within close contact with a positive case, Alberta Health Services will get in touch and let you know what’s required—if you need to take a test or are legally required to isolate for 14 days.

Be sure to take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment if you feel concerned.

More information about required isolation is outlined by AHS in the Government of Alberta's isolation requirements.

If you have been contacted by AHS or completed the COVID-19 Self-Assessment and were told to isolate, email reslife@ualberta.ca so we can support you.

What is close contact, anyway?

If you’ve been very close to someone for more than 15 minutes without a mask, that counts as close contact.

How do I stay safe?

We all need to work together to keep ourselves and each other safe. You can do your part by following the posted space capacity limits, keeping a physical distance, monitoring yourself for symptoms and following the rest of the rules for residents we’ve put in place for your safety.

For more tips to keep you safe, check out COVID corner on Expedition:Connect.

Your safety is our priority

Keeping you and our community safe is our priority. For current updates and additional information, visit living in residence during COVID-19.