York University is transitioning to a broader approach to public health management

York University is transitioning to a broader approach to public health management

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.

Important reminders:

  • 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.