COVID-19 is currently thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Reminder for all employees:
- If you feel sick, stay home, DO NOT come to work and inform your supervisor.
- If you become sick while at work, STOP working, isolate yourself from others, inform your Supervisor and go home as soon as possible, avoiding public transportation and taking measures to protect others around you.
- If you had a close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days, DO NOT come to work and inform your supervisor.
If you are worried that you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, take the Public Health Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment for guidance on next steps OR visit an assessment centre near you to get tested. For a complete list of COVID-19 related symptoms, refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) recognizes the need for some employees to make essential trips to various locations (e.g., research stations) in the course of their work. In order to ensure that physical distancing is practiced during these trips, it is recommended that:
- each employee travels in a vehicle (either their own or the university-owned) without a passenger.
- if travel alone is not possible, employees travel in a large enough vehicle to maintain at least 2 meters from each other.
If these options are not feasible, and employees must travel together in a vehicle where 2 metre physical distancing cannot be achieved, the following precautionary measures should be followed:
What to bring
- In addition to the tools, parts and/or equipment required for the job, take the following to the trip:
- Supplied cleaners or disinfectants
- Disposable gloves for use in cleaning and disinfection
- Disposable garbage bags
- Non-medical face masks
- Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (optional)
- Tissues (optional)
- Public Health Ontario, Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings, https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/2020/05/factsheet-covid-19-non-medical-masks.pdf?la=en (accessed on June 4, 2020)
- Public Health Agency of Canada, Travel Restrictions and Exemptions https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html (accessed on June 4, 2020)
- Public Health Agency of Canada, Prevention and Risks https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html (accessed on June 4, 2020)
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, What Rideshare, Taxi, Limo, and other Passenger Drivers-for-Hire Need to Know about COVID-19, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/rideshare-drivers-for-hire.html (accessed on June 4, 2020)
- Toronto Public Health, COVID-19 Guidance for Taxi and Ride Share Vehicles, https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/8d19-COVID-19-Guidance-for-Taxi-Ride-Share-Employers-Drivers-Vehicle-Owners.pdf (accessed on June 4, 2020)
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, COVID-19 Guidance for Reopening Businesses, https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/sites/default/files/covid-19_guidance_for_reopening_businesses_june_2_2020.pdf (accessed on June 4, 2020)