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COVID-19 Case Status

Updated January 14, 2022 at 9:10am

This page will be updated regularly with the current status of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to York University.  Please note, not all new cases reported to York were acquired or transmitted on campus. This dashboard reflects the members of our community who have reported that they have tested positive and have been on our campuses during their period of communicability or infectious period. 

As of December 31, 2021, due to changes in eligibility for PCR testing driven by increasing COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant, case counts in this dashboard now include both PCR-confirmed and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) positive results as reported to York. 

York has comprehensive protocols for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19 in accordance with Toronto Public Health.  In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, health authorities are responsible for assessing the risk of transmission within our community, and any needed contact tracing and follow up.


There are 3 PCR-confirmed cases and 9 Rapid Antigen Test-positive or presumed positive cases reported to York.


What you need to know

  • If you live on campus: complete the YU Screen daily to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • If you do not live on campus but are attending campus for in-person activities: complete the YU Screen daily to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus.  Do not come to campus if you are unwell or fail screening. 

If you have been in close contact with someone who tested COVID-19 positive or have received a COVID alert notification, please: 

  • self-isolate immediately and do not come to our campuses; 
  • to ensure follow-up from a member of Employee Well-Being (EWB) or the Student Case and Contact Management (Student CCM) team, complete YU Screen and answer ‘yes’ to questions pertaining to exposure; and 
  • do not return to campus until given permission to do so by a member of EWB or the Student Case and Contact Management team. 
  • self-isolate immediately and do not come to our campuses; 
  • to ensure follow-up from EWB or the Student CCM team, complete YU Screen and answer ‘yes’ to questions pertaining to symptoms; 
  • please self-isolate at home or, for those living on campus, in residence, York Apartments or The Quad. A member of EWB or the Student CCM team will provide you instructions on how long you must self-isolate; 
  • in addition, please contact public health or your healthcare provider for advice on isolation and testing;  
  • if possible, get a PCR COVID-19 test or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT); and 
  • do not return to campus until given permission to do so by EWB or the Student CCM team. 
  • staff/faculty may contact EWB and students may reach out to the Student Case and Contact Management (Student CCM) team for assistance. 

York utilizes an Incident Management Protocol to isolate and contain all situations that arise for those that come onto our campuses and for those within our live-in community. 

In any scenario of positive COVID-19 diagnoses reported to the University, we liaise closely with Toronto Public Health, follow their guidance and provide all necessary information to assist any public health investigation. Case and limited contact management for students, staff and faculty will be supported by the appropriate offices within York University for on-campus COVID-19 related exposures. 

Yes, all faculty and staff are required to complete YU Screen daily before coming to York’s campuses and confirm that they have done so. If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, do not come to campus. Staff/faculty/instructors, please advise your manager or Chair/Director of your absence.  A member of EWB will follow-up with you.  Please contact Employee Well-Being at: EWB@yorku.ca if you have further questions. 

  • do not come to our campuses; 
  • complete the screening and wait for outreach and further instruction by a member of EWB (for staff/faculty/instructors) or the Student CCM team (for students). 
  • self-isolate immediately and do not come to our campuses; 
  • complete YU Screen and answer ‘yes’ to questions pertaining to testing positive to ensure follow-up from a member of EWB or the Student Case and Contact Management team; 
  • for those living on campus in residence, York Apartments or The Quad, please self-isolate for 10 days, from date of test result if asymptomatic or from symptom onset and regardless of your vaccination status, unless otherwise instructed by a member of EWB or the Student CCM team; 
  • if you do not live on campus and are fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 5 days, from date of test result if asymptomatic or from symptom onset, unless otherwise instructed by a member of EWB or the Student CCM team;  
  • if you do not live on campus and are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days, from the date of symptom onset or from the date of your test (whichever came sooner), unless otherwise instructed by a member of EWB or the Student CCM team;  
  • staff/faculty/instructors, please advise your manager or Chair/Director of your absence; and 
  • please do not return to campus until given permission to do so by EWB or the Student CCM team. 

Each case will be determined based on its own merit, direction from the local public health unit, and liaison with EWB or the Student CCM team. 

Before you are approved to return to campus following a positive COVID-19 test result, you must have satisfied your required self-isolation period and have be able to answer ‘no’ to all questions contained in YU Screen

Where possible, EWB and/or the Student CCM teams attempt to identify all close contacts, while maintaining the confidentiality of those involved. York communicates with the COVID-19 positive individual as well as others to gather information, and consults with public health authorities 

Individuals identified as close contacts, or who have potential close contacts who have tested positive, will be contacted with direction to liaise with the local public health unit should they meet the definition of a close contact. York maintains regular communication with each individual and provides confirmation of clearance to resume on-campus attendance in accordance with the public health unit, as well as York’s COVID-19 protocol. 

In addition, and as a consequence of recent changes in public health guidance due to the omicron variant, university community members who test positive for COVID-19 (whether through a PCR test or a Rapid Antigen Test) must inform their close contacts directly.  Should those close contacts be members of the university community, they should be advised to complete YU Screen and indicate ‘yes’ to the question pertaining to exposure.  This will then ensure follow-up from a member of EWB or the Student CCM team.  

If you do not hear from a member of EWB or the Student CCM team or a contact instructing you that you have been exposed, no action beyond regular self-monitoring for symptoms is required.  If you do become symptomatic, please complete YU Screen immediately and await follow-up from a member of the EWB or Student CCM team.   

Employees may contact EWB and students may reach out to the Student Case and Contact Management (Student CCM) team for further information.

If you are able to continue working, discuss available accommodation/work from home with your manager. 

If directed by public health to self-isolate and no accommodation/work from home support is available, York University will continue to pay for the self-isolation period. 

Sick time may be utilized for periods of illness related to COVID-19. You could also be eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), please see: CSRB Information 

For individuals who are required to self-isolate due to non-essential travel, you may use vacation or personal time only during this period. 

York University acknowledges that these uncertain circumstances can cause concern. Employees may contact  EWB and students may reach out to the Student Case and Contact Management (Student CCM) team for assistance.  

York University is compliant with all regulatory requirements set out by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. 

For the measures in place to protect the health and safety of our community, please refer to the Top 12 Ways York is Welcoming YU Back and the COVID-19 Specific Workplace Safety Plan. 

In most cases, a negative COVID-19 test result is not required to resume on-campus attendance. This aligns with direction from the province of Ontario and public health. 

It is mandatory for those who are cleared to return to campus following a positive COVID-19 test result, that they will have satisfied their required self-isolation period and have the ability to answer ‘no’ to all questions contained in YU Screen. 

Any questions should be directed to EWB for staff/faculty/instructors or the Student Case and Contact Management (Student CCM) team for students.