Updated health and safety measures in residence

Residence Services - 13 January 2022

In response to the surge of the Omicron variant in Alberta, higher COVID-19 case numbers are expected in our communities. Residence has made changes to support resident health and safety and continues to ask that everyone work together to keep our communities safe.

Changes to isolation in residence

In some cases, students will be isolating in their own rooms. One shared washroom on each floor in Lister will also be marked for gender neutral isolation use only, when necessary. Residents who are not isolating are asked to use another washroom on the same or another nearby floor.

When should you isolate?

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test (rapid test or PCR) is required to isolate by law.

Students who are isolating MUST email res.support@ualberta.ca as soon as possible and leave their phone number. You will receive email instructions immediately and a phone call from residence at the next availability. Please be patient if it takes some time for staff to contact you by phone.

NEW! Residence contact tracing

Residence is conducting internal contact tracing for close contacts of positive cases in residence. You may be contacted about being an identified close contact and, in some cases, be provided with a self-administered rapid test kit. These kits are NOT available for general use or for residents who are symptomatic. Please do not contact us to request a kit. We will contact you if you are eligible.

Updated COVID-19 expectations in residence

Do your part to keep your community safe and continue to follow the expectations of residents.

  • Outside guests are no longer permitted to visit residence

In addition, continue to respect the existing expectations.

  • Continue to wear a mask except when in a private unit or when eating or drinking
  • Respect physical distancing guidelines of two metres wherever possible
  • Isolate as soon as you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test

The province of Alberta is encouraging everyone in Alberta to minimize close contacts: spend time with a smaller group of people and maintain 2 metre distance whenever possible. Learn more about the definition of close contacts.