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Latest COVID-19 Recovery updates

October 28, 2020 — 

Below are the latest updates and news as of OCTOBER 28. 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.

PAUSE IN WINTER TERM REGISTRATION

Due to scheduled maintenance on Aurora, the Winter Term schedule and the registration functions won’t be available from November 2 through to November 17. Registration will reopen November 18 at 9 a.m. CDT.

Using Aurora is something that many of us use on a regular basis. During the maintenance period, you will still be able to use some functions in Aurora. Read the story here.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING WELL

It is essential that employees and students self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposures before attending any on-campus activities. Complete this questionnaire. If the checklist advises you not to enter; stay home, isolate and refer to the online COVID-19 Screening Tool by clicking here.

For more information, please visit the Self-assessment and screening section of our COVID site, which includes additional contact information and our internal processes (flow charts) for when you’re feeling ill and/or you’ve received a notification to self-isolate.

COVID-19 CASES AT UM

For the week of October 21-27, we have a reported 12 positive COVID-19 cases on UM campuses. There have been a total of 22 positive COVID-19 cases at UM since the beginning of the academic year. Please visit the COVID case status page that has been set up to help members of our community track the status of COVID-19 cases on UM campuses.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT DURING COVID RECOVERY

Working remotely? Log in regularly to the virtual private network (VPN) to help you keep your device up-to-date and secure. There are multiple technology tools and resources to support UM faculty and staff during this time.

ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS

We are all learning to adapt to new circumstances of studying at home, participating in virtual meetings, and participating in virtual classrooms. Additional resources and assistive technologies have been temporarily been made free of charge and accessible for home use during this time.

COVID RECOVERY RESOURCES

UM remains committed to following public health directives that will ensure the health of our community members and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find important information on our recovery approach as well as related resources such as signage guidelines, travel information, vehicle use and enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes.

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. 

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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