July 29, 2020

New COVID-19 communications protocols

Message to the campus community from President Ed McCauley

Colleagues,

As activity on campus slowly resumes, the University of Calgary is updating COVID-19 communications protocols to provide more information – more regularly – to members of our community.

Starting today, the University will be maintaining a live dashboard of any known cases of COVID-19 on campus.

While the information provided in the dashboard will still be summarized in the University’s COVID-19 email updates, community members will now also be able to find up-to-the-moment information online. This will allow community members to choose their on-campus activity based on the level of risk with which they personally feel comfortable.

I’d ask that you consider this dashboard as a supplement to, not replacement for, existing measures to protect yourself against COVID-19. Regardless of whether there have been recent cases in a campus zone, everybody on campus should act in a way that protects themselves and others: maintain physical distance, avoid unnecessarily touching surfaces, wash your hands regularly and follow mask guidelines.

The dashboard is also not a replacement for our other communications and response efforts, which will continue. When we are made aware of a positive COVID-19 case, we take immediate action. Locations known to be occupied by persons testing positive (workstations, labs, residence rooms, etc.) and those in the vicinity are isolated. Enhanced disinfecting takes place in these areas.

Individuals who are known to have shared spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, meeting rooms, food outlets, libraries, etc.) with COVID-19 positive individuals are followed up with promptly and directly. With more people on campus, this immediate follow-up will include follow-up with people who have attended classes, workshops and seminars with a COVID-19 positive person.

Should there be instances of on-campus transfer or if a building needs to be closed, all members of the community will promptly receive an email to that effect. More information on the University’s positive case response protocols can be found on our COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 will be with us for some time still. Whether on campus – or in any other walk of our life – by taking sensible precautions we can protect ourselves and others. By arming ourselves with information, we can tailor those precautions to our unique circumstances.

As we relaunch activities on campus, the priority remains your health and safety. This new dashboard – combined with existing measures, common sense precautions and providing both remote and in-person options – will help us stay healthy while furthering the mission of a great academic institution.

Thank you for all you do for the university and each other,

 

Dr. Ed McCauley
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Calgary

 

UCalgary resources on COVID-19

For the most up-to-date information about the University of Calgary's response to the spread of COVID-19, visit the UCalgary COVID-19 Response website.