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

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

In Alberta, Alberta Health Services (AHS) conducts all COVID-19 contact tracing notifications. AHS directly contacts any individual considered a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Close contacts of people with positive test results must self-isolate and should be tested for COVID-19. 

What is a close contact?

  • a person who provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers
  • a person who had other similar close physical contact with the person without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment 
  • a person who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within two metres) with the person while they were infectious
  • a person who had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

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 five 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.

Instructors or supervisors will also contact students, faculty and/or staff directly should on-campus class locations or work plans need to change to facilitate emergency cleaning. Facilities will not reopen until any areas that may have hosted an exposure are cleaned and disinfected.

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 in the event of an exposure or outbreak. 

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.