In alignment with the approach to public health recommended by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, York University is transitioning from the current acute response to COVID-19 to one that takes a broader approach to community health management.
This approach is similar to that taken by other post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has asked post-secondary institutions to inform and educate community members on several public health issues of significance and to build on pre-pandemic public health efforts with a renewed focus on health and well-being.
Current levels of COVID-19 supports and services will be maintained until the end of respiratory season in late February 2023.
Select community health services for employees and students will be offered by the two units that led community health responses before the pandemic – Health Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) and Student Counselling, Health and Well-Being (SCHW).
Starting Monday, February 27, anyone seeking screening for COVID-19, will be redirected from YU Screen to the Ontario Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool.
Vaccination clinics and COVID-19 programming will be provided through a coordinated response by HSEWB, SCHW and other relevant units.
- Until February 27, 2023, YU Screen continues to be available for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to receive support.
- We continue to urge masking indoors. Level 3 masks and N95 masks are available to community members for purchase from vending machines located on the Keele and Glendon Campuses.
- We strongly recommend that everyone receives a complete COVID-19 vaccine series, including third or fourth doses.
- COVID-19 vaccine clinics are available on campus.
- Rapid tests can be obtained on the Keele and Glendon campuses, while supplies last. Community members are reminded that rapid tests are also available at pharmacies and grocery stores.
- York continues to follow the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Epidemic Task Force guidelines on ventilation.
- Employee case management will transition to align with pre-pandemic medical leave and accommodation processes. In the case of a workplace-related incident, including any reportable occupational disease exposure, the usual Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) processes should be followed.
- Academic accommodation supports are available, for eligible students, through Student Accessibility Services.
Please check YU Better Together for more information on how we can work together to protect public health.