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Latest COVID-19 Recovery updates

October 21, 2020 — 

Below are the latest updates and news as of OCTOBER 21. For further information, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

USE OF MASKS

In order to protect our UM community, a reminder that wearing masks is now mandatory on all UM campuses. This applies when indoors at all times even when physical distancing is possible. Read the full story here.

UPDATE ON NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

On October 19, 2020 new public health orders came into effect in the Winnipeg Capital Region.

The orders have further reduced gathering sizes to five. This applies to any common space such as study spaces or eating areas in the university. Classroom and work-related activities can continue with the specific guidance provided. For example, instructional activities that are in-person continue to be guided by the 50% of usual occupancy of the space to a maximum of 25 students.

Many other rules have come into effect including closing bars and casinos and limiting the hours during which alcohol can be served and restaurants can be opened. This is in response to the high rates of COVID-19 and the widespread community transmission.

It is more important than ever that in particular individuals who attend work or learning events in person strictly follow public health guidance including limiting close contacts outside of the home, practicing physical distancing, and staying home when sick, no matter how mild the symptoms are. If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19 use the Shared Health Screening Tool and get tested if that is what is recommended. Without the test there is no way to tell if the symptoms are from COVID-19 or another cause.

UPDATED FAQs

The UM COVID site has been updated with new FAQs that address some of the most pressing concerns of our community. You can find the new FAQs here:

Other FAQs available to our community are those for Researchers and those that address Remote Working.

FLOW CHARTS FOR WHEN YOU’RE FEELING UNWELL, NOTIFIED TO SELF-ISOLATE

If you’re on campus and not feeling well, or you’ve been notified by Public Health or the COVID app that you are required to self-isolate, it’s important to know what the next steps are. A new set of flow charts have been created to help our students, staff and faculty follow the proper protocols. Check them out

COVID ALERT APP

Canada’s COVID Alert App is a free exposure notification app designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks. UM is recommending that students, faculty and staff subscribe to the app. This app will provide individuals with important COVID-19 related information, will notify individuals if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive and provide advice to the individual. 

COVID-19 CASES AT UM

A new COVID page to help members of our community track the status of COVID-19 cases on UM campuses has been developed. For the week of October 16-20, we have a reported 4 cases on UM campuses. There has been a total of 10 positive COVID-19 cases at UM since the beginning of the academic year.

UM SAFE APP

The new UM Safe app is an essential safety tool that provides instant access to campus safety resources, and also features direct access to UM COVID Recovery resources and important updates for students and faculty/researchers and staff, as well as a link to the federal COVID-Alert app.

Free download on Android and iOS.

WHAT’S OPEN ON CAMPUS?

All UM facilities remain closed to all but essential activities. Go here to see the updated list of the status of campus businesses, including UMSU University Centre.

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