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Coronavirus Update for the Saint Paul University Community

Latest update – July 13, 2021

Saint Paul University (SPU) tracks positive cases of COVID-19 that involve members of our university community who are present on campus. Once a case is confirmed with Public health authorities, the University will post notices of positive COVID-19 cases.  

There are no cases to report at this time and there is no evidence of community transmission on the SPU campus. 

If the University is informed by public health authorities of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case on campus, the University collaborates with them and takes all necessary measures. If public health authorities determine there is a health and safety risk on campus due to a positive case of COVID-19, the University will be provided with directives and appropriate steps will be taken.

Any individual deemed at risk will be contacted. The University will adhere to a strict protocol to ensure the identities and privacy of individuals are duly protected.

This website is updated regularly and will include a current case count.


During Phase 1 of the Ontario Government's Action Plan, we took the prudent approach of allowing all staff who could and would work from home.

Now in Phase 2, we are seeing encouraging signs in reports from Ottawa Public Health and the Ontario government, with a steady decline in COVID-19 cases and a daily increase in vaccination rates. As a result, staff who have been working from home will be recalled to campus 2 or 3 days per week, depending on the area and assessment of operational needs. These changes will go into effect on Monday, July 5, 2021.

The Government of Ontario has announced that we will be moving to Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan on Friday, July 16, 2021. As a result, staff will be back on campus full-time as of Monday, July 19, 2021.

Everyone is reminded that the Safety Plan related to COVID 19 remains in effect. To ensure our collective safety, you will need to follow the measures and procedures in the Plan during the phased return to campus.

Remember the basics: do a daily self-assessment, wear a mask, wash your hands, and observe physical distancing.

The University is open. The campus is fully accessible. The residence hall, library and most other services remain open with some restrictions.  However, it is best to make an appointment before coming in.

For an update regarding the Spring/Summer and Fall terms, please click here.

IMPORTANT: In order to minimize the risk of spreading the virus, each person who is present on campus will now be required to identify themselves and complete the screening tool on a daily basis. In addition, only the entrance to the Atrium (Hazel Street) will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. A security guard will be stationed there.

Please contact info@ustpaul.ca with any questions you might have.


COVID-19 Safety Plan

The COVID-19 Safety Plan outlines the protocols the University has in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. This plan is in accordance with the Government of Ontario’s regulations and is based on the recommendations of the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

If you have additional questions regarding SPU’S COVID-19 Safety Plan, please contact info@ustpaul.ca.


Mental Health Resources

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please know that there are resources available to you at all times.

Below you will find a list of mental health services that are available through the University, as well as services offered throughout Ottawa.

Guides to local resources by topic:

Guides to resources available to students:

Screening tool to help you explore your mental health:

Mindfulness Resources and Exercises:


International Students

We are pleased to announce that Saint Paul University is now one of the designated learning institutions that can welcome international students to Canada.

Those of you who wish to travel to Canada must adhere to quarantine conditions outlined by the Government of Canada. For more information about these procedures, please write to the international office at the following address: international@ustpaul.ca. You will need our authorization to travel to Canada.

As courses are offered entirely online, the Government of Canada and Saint Paul University strongly discourage travel in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Remember to be COVID Wise:

  • W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two meters (six feet).
  • I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).
  • S – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.
  • E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face.

Be vigilant and continue to inform yourself on the ongoing measures and instructions.

 

For additional COVID-19 information related to students, please click here.

For additional COVID-19 information related to staff and faculty, please click here.

 

If you have additional questions regarding SPU’S COVID-19 protocols, please contact info@ustpaul.ca.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

How can I minimize my exposure to COVID-19 while I am out?

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa?

I got tested, now what?

How is travel impacted by COVID-19?

Where can I learn more about the COVID Alert App?

 

Travel Tips:

Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice
For travellers returning from abroad (quarantine plan)

 

More Information on COVID-19:

Government of Canada Public Health

Public Health Ontario

Government of Ontario

World Health Organization



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