As we near the start of Reading Week and the midpoint of the Fall Semester, I want to check in with the Humber Community and remind all of you about how we’re sharing information about the pandemic and its impact on the college.
With our main campuses located in Toronto and on the border with Peel Region, the Ontario government’s recent decision to roll back parts of the province to a modified version of Stage 2 affected various areas of the college. Among other changes, our Fitness Centres and Gyms will be closed for the time being, as will seating in our food service areas.
I know that new or changing information from all levels of government and from Humber can at times be overwhelming. It is our goal to provide clear communication to the college community so that you can feel confident that you know what to expect and what is expected from staff and students, particularly those who are on campus.
We know that the province is in the midst of second wave of COVID-19. To help keep each other safe, students and staff who are on campus must continue to adhere to the health and safety measures that are in place.
To help clarify what you should do if you have a COVID-19 related concern or question, we have developed a webpage outlining actions to take if you find yourself in particular scenarios. I encourage you to visit it here.
In addition to the health and safety resources available on our Return to Campus microsite, Humber is also sharing the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 on-campus cases reported to the College. The numbers represent Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students, employees and others who were present on our campuses, either inside or outside, including residences, within 14 days of their diagnosis. The COVID-19 Reporting Summary page is updated each Monday.
Having multiple confirmed cases does not mean that any specific action is required by the College, unless we are directed otherwise by Public Health. Each case is managed individually, unless they are found to be connected. Our COVID-19 Reporting Health team is in regular consultation with Public Health. Local Public Health authorities or a member of the COVID Reporting Health team will coordinate appropriate follow-up and/or directly contact any Humber or Guelph-Humber individual who has been deemed to be at risk for COVID-19 and/or may have been in close contact with any campus community member who has tested positive and been on campus.
I have said it before – we are in this together. It is a collective effort. Thank you to the teams working to keep our campuses safe and to all of you for your commitment to each other as we continue to work through these challenging times.
During Reading Week, I hope that faculty and students take some time for yourself to rest, re-energize and change up your routine.
Be safe and good luck on the rest of the semester. Continue to visit humber.ca/updates for ongoing updates, information and FAQs. #HumberTogether