March

Today, the University of Saskatchewan is announcing enhanced COVID-19 preventative measures and directives that are based on working together to: protect the health and safety of our campus community; allow our students to finish the current academic term; ensure students in residence who can’t return home are supported; follow provincial and federal directives in flattening the curve, and continue to support Canada’s COVID-19 research.

All employees – unless explicitly told otherwise by their direct supervisor – are to work from home effective Monday, March 23. If you have not already done so, please ensure conversations about how this applies to your work take place immediately. Employees deemed as critical to core operations will be contacted directly. If you have not been contacted as such, you are not allowed on campus until further notice. This also applies to the general public and any student not in residence.

Effective 4:30pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all university buildings will be closed, with only limited access to employees deemed as critical to our core operations. If you need to retrieve any work-at-home supplies or personal items from the campus, you must do so by 4:30pm Tuesday, March 24. If you are requesting access to campus buildings after March 24, arrangements will need to be made with Protective Services, along with your Campus ID, and we cannot guarantee access will be granted to all requests.  

As an essential service and until further notice, the Pharmacy in Place Riel will remain open during regular hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. 

Here are the detailed directives, in effect immediately, until further notice: 

Teaching, Learning and Students 

We are committed to supporting our students and minimizing any negative impact on their academic progress. As such we have taken the following steps:

  • At this time, it is anticipated that there will be no in-person classes until September, 2020 at earliest.
  •  All Libraries will be closed as of 4:30pm Tuesday March 24, but online services and resources will continue to be available.
  • There will be no in-person exams for courses offered during Winter Term 2020, or Spring and Summer 2020 terms. 
  • The withdrawal deadline for the 2020 Winter Term and multi-term classes offered over the 2019 and 2020 winter terms has been moved to the last day of classes. For most classes, the last day of classes is on April 7th. Refer to the message sent to students on March 20th for additional details.
  • Services for students continue to be available by phone, email and online. For a complete list of services available, including contact information, visit students.usask.ca
  • All course instructors are to be working remotely as they continue to offer their courses in alternate ways to ensure our students can successfully complete the term. Information and support for offering courses and exams remotely will continue to be updated teaching.usask.ca/remote-teaching and there are staff available to support this work. 
  • Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations are encouraged to connect with their instructors for alternative options. [Note to instructors: Support will be in place to assist you in identifying alternative options. Information will follow on the remote teaching site teaching.usask.ca/remote-teaching

Students in Residence  

We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of those students who cannot leave campus and return home. The following changes are being made to allow for proper social distancing for those that need to remain in a University of Saskatchewan residence: 

  • Effective 12pm noon Wednesday, March 25, all students who are able to safely return home and do not have special circumstances that may warrant an exception, are required to move out of residence.
  • Students who cannot leave and are currently in Voyager Place will be directly notified of relocation to a different residence. We are moving students out of the Voyager Place dorm-style rooms and into apartment-style residence units for the proper social distancing.
  • As a result of the residences being equipped with full in-room kitchens, Culinary Services will no longer be offering dining service, but will offer modified food delivery if a resident is in self-isolation or quarantine. 
  • Any questions regarding residences can be directed to: residence@usask.ca.

Faculty and Staff 

Effective March 23, all employees, unless explicitly told otherwise, are to work from home. People leaders should work with employees to support their health and well-being and facilitate this transition. Please visit updates.usask.ca/work-remotely for more information on remote and work from home arrangements. 

Critical operations, maintenance and security will be maintained while supporting the health and well-being of employees through arrangements to ensure proper social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting. 

Employee & Family Assistance Program services continue to be available to employees through telephone or email appointments and resources available online.  

Research 

In follow-up to the direction shared by the Vice-President Research (VPR) on Friday, March 19, 2020, it is vital that we move to suspend most on-campus and field research, scholarly work, and creative activities during this pandemic that:

  • Cannot be conducted remotely;
  • Cannot ensure health and safety requirements of research personnel; and
  • May potentially spread COVID-19.

Our expectation is that researchers will continue as much research as possible remotely, but only essential research will continue on campus and at field sites as it is important to protect health and safety and to free up resources to support all of those engaged in pandemic efforts who are serving our broader community.

As such, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm, we are suspending all but essential on-campus and field-site research, scholarly work, and creative activities. Activities deemed essential are:

  • Research related to COVID-19;
  • Research that is part of essential clinical care activities; and
  • Ongoing research involving animal care and maintenance of breeding colonies as well as ongoing research involving plants and other living organisms (though these researchers must develop contingency plans in case this research activity is adversely impacted in the days ahead).

Again, we fully support researchers continuing as much research as possible remotely. Researchers who think they have exceptional circumstances requiring on-campus or field-site activity should complete this form by Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9:00 am and direct their requests to their Dean, who will work with the Vice-President Research to make a joint determination.

Spring 2020 Convocation postponed

In line with federal and provincial requirements regarding COVID-19 prevention, and supporting the university’s decision to close the campus to public visitors until further notice, Convocation ceremonies in June 2020 are postponed. Details TBD.

Despite this postponement, however, degrees will still be conferred in June to graduating students, but through alternative means instead of in-person convocation ceremonies. More information about what this will look like will be made available as soon as possible.

Spring and Summer courses will be held at the University of Saskatchewan, but in an online (remote) delivery mode only. With online (remote) delivery for Spring and Summer classes, students will not need to be on campus. As not all classes currently listed in the Spring and Summer 2020 class calendar are suited to online delivery, it is anticipated there will be some changes to the classes offered. All Spring and Summer 2020 classes are currently being reviewed.

If you are a student currently registered for a class in Spring and Summer, you will be notified of any class cancellations or changes. Also, with the change to remote delivery, some colleges may decide to add new offerings to the Spring and Summer calendar, so please continue to check class listings and availability

If you have any questions, please email covid19@usask.ca.

With the Government of Saskatchewan declaring a provincial State of Emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Saskatchewan will be immediately implementing a working remotely policy, while ensuring the core functions of the university remain operating.

The expectation of the policy is that by March 23, all non-core USask employees still working on campus will have made the transition to work remotely. This policy aligns with the government’s emergency declaration, while also allowing supervisors some time to plan. The phased-in approach will maximize the number of USask faculty and staff working from home, allow critical employees to work on campus to ensure the core operations of the university are maintained, and limit the impact on our students.

Working Remotely
All employees who can work from home, should immediately work with their supervisor to determine the necessary arrangements to facilitate remote working. There are many resources to support working remotely. As you are implementing specific work from home/telecommute arrangements, please consult these principles, criteria and guidelinesEmployees deemed as critical to core operations will be contacted directly.

The staffing configuration will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as required by the rapidly changing local and provincial environment. The University of Saskatchewan continues to follow the guidelines of both the province and the federal government. These guidelines are updated frequently in response to the changing situation, and our approach in this situation will change as well. All measures USask takes are to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our campus community and beyond. Here are some tips and resources to stay healthy during this situation.

On-Campus Activity and Access
While the university's core operations continue and are open to students who need to be on campus in order to access services to complete their academic programs, we are immediately closing our campuses to public visitors. Only faculty, staff, contractors, and deliveries critical to core operations will be allowed on campus, until further notice. In addition, please note that access to many buildings and facilities on campus will be limited due to the preventative measures taken in recent days to protect the health and safety of our community. 

Campus and Building Info
The health and well-being of all of our University of Saskatchewan community members remain our top priority and we are taking the necessary steps to reduce the number of people on campus.

A number of buildings and services on campus have either been closed or continue to operate under reduced hours, though this may change in response to the evolving situation. A list of university buildings that are closed is available at the top of this page. More information about building closures will be updated to the site on a frequent basis.

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) remains open but is limiting cases to emergencies, urgent cases and cases already under treatment.

Note that there will be limited access to public spaces throughout campus in order to protect the health and safety of our community. Please obey the restricted area signage that is being placed in locations around campus.

The University of Saskatchewan is immediately closing the campus to public visitors until further notice. 

The outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful, as are the sudden changes and disruption to our work environment. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.  If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance plan. Also, be considerate of people around you. The World Health Organization has released a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet.

As a community, it is critical that we support each other and remain respectful during what is a difficult time for all of us. Please follow all guidelines and take all precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community.

March 18, 2020

All University of Saskatchewan final exams in the April 2020 period will be completed remotely and the university will use the existing exam schedule with regard to timing of exams. Specific details as to the format of the remote exams for each class will be provided directly by your academic unit. Any qualifications to remote administration of exams are listed in the table below.

With final exams being completed remotely, there is no requirement to stay on or near campus for the remainder of the term. If you are an out-of-town student wishing to return home, you can do so. If you live in residence and decide to return home now, refunds are available. Our current plan is to keep our residences open for students wishing to stay on campus. 

You will hear from your Instructor or academic unit regarding the details of your final exam as soon as possible but please be patient as your instructors focus first on the delivery of the remaining weeks of courses.

If you are a graduate student, you may also be involved in research as part of your degree requirements. Please continue to work with your supervisor to assess whether your research activities require you to be on campus or whether there is an opportunity for you to engage in your research remotely. There will be further messaging available to support graduate students in the coming days.

Academic Units or Programs where you will be needed on campus

Physical Therapy

Final exams done remotely but students will receive a message directly from your program about deferred OSCE exams.

WCVM

Final exams done remotely but students will receive a message directly from your college about clinical assessments and surgical skill assessments to be scheduled for a later date in the spring or summer.

Drama

Please contact your instructor regarding arrangements for final exams.

 

As we evaluate how we operate during the COVID-19 situation, we will continue to provide updates on any changes. 

March 17, 2020

Both federal and provincial governments took additional preventative measure related to COVID-19 on March 16, ranging from pre-K to 12 schools shutting down in Saskatchewan later this week, to requesting all Canadians return from international travel immediately.

The University of Saskatchewan continues to follow the guidelines of both the province and the federal government. These guidelines are updated frequently in response to the changing situation, and our approach in this situation will change as well. All measures USask takes is to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our campus community and beyond.

 Working remotely:

  • The University of Saskatchewan supports work from home/telecommute arrangements in situations where work can be performed from home (or at an alternate location). However, ICT’s current priority and focus are to support the transition for teaching remotely, and therefore, ICT services may be limited due to the demand during this transition.
  • With pre-K to Grade 12 schools and some daycares closing in Saskatchewan, there may be an immediate and/or ongoing need for employees with school-aged children to work remotely. The work from home/telecommute arrangement may be an appropriate option to support one’s childcare needs and the continued delivery of core and/or critical university operations and services. 
  • If applicable, employees and their People Leaders should discuss and determine the feasibility of a work from home/telecommute arrangement applying the principles, criteria and guidelines.  
  • Some departments may require additional time to transition to work from home arrangements.

Campus Cleaning:

With fewer people now on campus, service delivery of cleaning and trades work on campus is being shifted to focus more on high traffic areas for the immediate future.

Specifically, the university is increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning in high-touch/high-contact areas such as the residences, common dining areas, the University Library and Health Centre. These plans will be evaluated and adjusted on an ongoing basis and the university appreciates your patience and understanding as labour and supply resources are shifted away from regular operations.

Please report building closures and/or activity closures to the services division at 306-966-4496 in order to adjust services accordingly. If you see something that needs critical attention don’t hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to respond.

Support:

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.  If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance plan. Also, be considerate to people around you. The World Health Organization has put out a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet.

As we evaluate how we operate during the COVID-19 situation, we will continue to provide updates on any changes. All recommendations will follow the best advice and information available and will be implemented to keep our campus community safe with as little disruption to our students.

March 15, 2020

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation is one that changes quickly and requires equally quick decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and beyond. We will continue to share updates with you as soon as we can.

In addition to the wide ranging changes announced on March 13, the University of Saskatchewan is now taking new preventative measures that will be in effect immediately. These steps are not considered lightly and are made after consultation with health experts, colleagues from across campus, and our partners at the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Government of Saskatchewan.

USask will oversee the closure of the university’s recreation facilities:

All USask Rec programming will be suspended until further notice as of Monday, March 16 at 6 am.

  • Physical activity areas within the Physical Activity Complex, Education Building, Merlis Belsher Place, and Griffiths Stadium will be closed as of Monday, March 16 at 6 am until further notice.
  • This includes the Fit Centre, gymnasiums, gymnastics room, pools, squash courts, training facilities, dance studio, equipment desk, change room facilities, track, and any other areas of recreation.
  • All Campus Rec intramurals and clubs are suspended as of Monday, March 16 at 6 am until further notice.
  • We understand that these cancelations, in some cases, may have a monetary impact and we will work to find solutions if refunds for community programs are required.

Working remotely:

The University of Saskatchewan supports work from home/telecommute arrangements in situations where work can be performed from home (or at an alternate location). However, ICT’s current priority and focus are to support the transition for teaching remotely, and therefore, ICT services may be limited due to the demand during this transition.

COVID-19 – Work from Home/Telecommute Arrangements

USask recommends further self-isolation measures for international travel:

Effective immediately, and in line with provincial and federal travel guidelines, employees and students returning from any international travel (including the U.S.A.) should not come to campus for 14 calendar days after their return from their travel. They should continue to monitor and follow the guidelines and recommendations of both the province and the federal government, as these guidelines are updated frequently in response to the changing situation. Arrangements for employees to work from home during self-isolation may be an option. Guidelines for decision-making around working from home are available. 

University Library Operations

All University Library locations, except the Murray Library, will be closed March 16-18 inclusive.

The Murray Library will be open on an adjusted schedule of 8 am to 5 pm during this time. Late Night Study at the Murray Library is cancelled as a result.

Keeping the Murray Library open allows us to support students who need access to computers and study space while classes transition to being offered online.

We encourage library users and staff to practice social distancing in the library while it remains open.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time for our campus community.

Regional Colleges

All USask courses held at all of our regional colleges are cancelled for Monday, March 16 through to Wednesday, March 18. Beginning on Thursday, March 19 all USask classes at the regional colleges are moving to remote delivery for the remainder of the term.

Regina and Prince Albert Campus

The COVID-19 situation is changing exceptionally quickly and we continue to make quick decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and beyond. As such, Usask activity in Prince Alberta and Regina will follow the same directions as have been issued for our Saskatoon campus.

We are suspending all classes, including televised classes, on our Prince Albert and Regina campuses on Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. Beginning on Thursday March 19, we are moving to remote delivery of our classes for the remainder of the winter term. If there are alternative circumstances for your program with regard to such activities as clinical placements and rotations, you will receive a message directly from your college.

We continue to work very closely with our regional college partners.  We will continue to share updates with you as soon as we can.

While the risk still remains relatively low in Canada, we will all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

We will continue to evaluate our operations and take measures to keep our campus community safe with as little disruption to our students. Any steps are important to this end and are based on the best advice and information available. Should additional preventative measures be required, we will provide that information in a timely manner.

If you have any questions, please email covid19@usask.ca

Message from President Peter Stoicheff

As a follow up to my previous update, I want to inform you about additional guidelines we are implementing to protect our campus community and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The federal government continues to describe the COVID-19 risk as low for Canadians. However, the situation is developing quickly and new information is arriving by the minute, so the information provided here may change. As a reminder, continue to visit usask.ca/updates for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly changing situation.

In consultation with our colleagues across campus, our partners in the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Government of Saskatchewan, and other post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and beyond, USask is implementing further preventative measures to protect members of the campus and broader community and limit the disruption to academic programming, where possible.

The following measures, restrictions, and recommendations are in effect immediately and until further notice:

Impact on On-Campus Classes

The Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer has indicated that gatherings of more than 250 people pose a potential health risk at this time. In line with this provincial government order, we are implementing the following measures:

  • We are not closing the University. However, we are suspending all classes on our Saskatoon campus on Monday March 16 through Wednesday March 18. Although many of our classes are below 250 students, students congregate in much larger numbers in our buildings in getting to and from classes. For this reason, and also because we do have some classes that exceed 250 students, we are taking this measure.
  • For these reasons, beginning on Thursday March 19, we are moving to remote delivery of our classes for the remainder of the winter term. If there are alternative circumstances for your program with regard to such activities as clinical placements and rotations, you will receive a message directly from your college.
  • Communication regarding nursing in Regina, course delivery in Prince Albert, and course delivery at regional colleges will be forthcoming as soon as possible; we do know that USask in-person course delivery at regional colleges will not be cancelled for the March 16-18 period; they will continue as usual.
  • Information for instructors in making this transition is available at teaching.usask.ca/remote-teaching. Support for instructors in making this transition is also available – contacts for this support can be found at the remote teaching website.
  • Suspending classes for these three days will allow time for instructors and academic support staff to prepare for the remote delivery of course content. In making this decision, we recognize some classes are already being offered in an online/remote format, while others will require additional consultation to accommodate alternative delivery options. Exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled.
  • Additional information on operational details will be provided to our teaching cohort across campus.
  • We are currently reviewing options for how we conduct final exams.
  • While classes are suspended, we plan to keep campus facilities such as the libraries, residences, food services and health services open at the present time. Research operations will continue.
  • For the time being, staff and faculty members should continue to report to work as usual. However, we encourage you to have conversations with your supervisor if there are circumstances that prevent you from coming to work. 

Cancelling Non-Essential Events 

  • Immediately, we are mandating the cancellation or postponement of all non-essential events hosted on campus that are not core to our teaching and learning mission, and our governance. We are taking this extra precautionary measure to further protect our campus community. 

Social Distancing Protocols

  • In addition to suspending on-campus classes and canceling or postponing non-essential events and gatherings until further notice, the university recommends the following community-based safety measures: 
    • When possible, keep 2m (6ft) of distance between you and other people, and avoid shaking hands and hugging.
    • Minimize in-person meetings and group activities; use phone, teleconference and other technologies for meetings.
    • Evaluate the need for bringing in outside people to campus; cancel, reschedule or using other methods for the meeting or activity.
    • Avoid crowded places if possible.  

International Travel Cancellations/Domestic Travel Considerations

  • We are amending our revised Authority to Travel Requirements & Guidelines (posted March 11, 2020) as follows:
    • We have suspended all international travel for our students, faculty and staff until further notice. 
    • We are continuing to evaluate our protocols for the arrival of international students to USask campus.
    • Please reconsider all domestic travel plans, and consider canceling or postponing if not deemed critical.

Sickness/Possible Exposure to COVID-19

  • If you are sick, it is imperative that you stay home and do not spread your illness. Even if it is not COVID-19, please stay home and monitor your symptoms.
  • If you have received notification that you may have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing, please self-isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself daily for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing).
  • In accordance with Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer's directive of March 13, if you recently returned to Canada from a Level 3 or 4 region, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you have returned from any other international region, please monitor yourself for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing) for 14 days.

Recreation Facilities 

  • We continue to monitor the status of our recreational facilities, gymnasiums, exercise rooms, and pools, and will advise immediately of any restrictions or changes in operations.

I can’t stress enough that if you are sick, please stay home and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

The steps outlined above are important measures that are based on the best advice and information available, and are subject to change. Should additional preventative measures be required, we will provide that information in a timely manner.

As a member of the USask community, the best measure you can take is prevention and protection, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice social distancing by not shaking hands, hugging, keeping 2m of distance between yourself  and others, etc.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

We understand that there is uncertainty and concern at this time, but be assured that our preparations and planning processes are in place to protect the health and safety of our campus community. That is our top priority.

I thank our USask researchers who are making significant contributions to national and international efforts to find a solution to this global health threat. You make us proud.

Continue to visit usask.ca/updates for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly changing situation. If you have any questions, please email covid19@usask.ca.

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

I want to provide you with an update about the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation, which has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Our efforts at the University of Saskatchewan are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our campus community, while minimizing disruptions for students and staff.

While the risk of COVID-19 to Saskatchewan residents remains low, a cross-campus working group has been meeting regularly since January to review the university’s emergency management plan, as well as protocols and procedures should they be needed.

As of March 11, 2020, there are no laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, and as such the University of Saskatchewan continues to operate as usual. Should that change, it will be under the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which are closely monitoring this situation.

UPDATE: March 12, 2020:

While Saskatchewan has recorded its first presumptive positive case of the COVID-19, the University of Saskatchewan continues to operate as usual. Should that change, it will be under the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which are closely monitoring this situation.

Should our operations need to change, we will do so with as little disruption to our students as possible. We are currently considering remote and online learning methods and other teaching strategies that do not require in-person classrooms, and looking at alternative options for exams should we need them. We are also looking at options that enable our employees to work from home if necessary.

To further protect our campus community, we have implemented a number of decisions related to travel. The new travel requirements, and other helpful information related to COVID-19, is available online at updates.usask.ca. At this time, prevention remains the best way to protect yourself, and posters outlining the best tips have been circulated throughout campus.

All of this planning will enable us to act quickly if necessary.

Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness and transmission:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

I understand this is a time of uncertainty and concern, but please be reassured by our planning process in this situation, and know that the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. 

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

New request to travel approval process

The university is implementing changes to the Request to Travel processes in response to the COVID-19 global outbreak. These changes will apply to all faculty and staff requests to travel applications and are being put in place to protect members of the university community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The travel request changes adhere to the COVID-19 travel protocols established by Federal and Provincial bodies and will be applied to all travel requests effective March 11, 2020, and will remain in place until further notice. If you are planning future travel for university business, please review the following changes.

For specific information about travel requests contact ConnectionPoint at 306-966-2000.

Student travel cancelled to select countries

After careful deliberation, the University of Saskatchewan will not allow students to travel for university related activities to the following areas, which have been affected by significant COVID-19 outbreaks:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain

These destinations include countries that fall under “avoid non-essential” or “avoid all-travel” advisories issued by the Government of Canada or have ongoing developments regarding COVID-19. The decision to cancel travel to these countries is in line with our institutional policy on International Travel Risk Management for Student Mobility.

Students affected by this decision, should contact the International Student and Study Abroad Centre at study.abroad@usask.ca.   

The University of Saskatchewan continues to monitor the situation and will provide relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, the university has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that they are needed. 

Contact

For more information or questions related to COVID-19:
Email: covid19@usask.ca

If you arrived from China, Iran or northern Italy in the past 14 days, or you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing, please self-isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself daily for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing).

If you need to self-isolate:

  1. If you are a student, inform the USask Student Wellness Centre by email at student.wellness@usask.ca.
  2. If you live in residence, contact Residence at residence@usask.ca.
  3. If you are going to miss work or classes, contact your instructors/supervisor.
  4. If you are self-isolating and are also showing symptoms, please phone Healthline at 811 to report your symptoms.

If you recently travelled to other countries or regions not listed above but that have reported cases of COVID-19, please monitor yourself for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing). Unless you have symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate.

Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

The University of Saskatchewan continues to monitor the coronavirus and will provide you with relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, the university has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that they are needed. 

The university continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19. While the risk of COVID-19 to Saskatchewan residents remains low, a cross-campus working group has been meeting regularly to review the university’s emergency management plan, as well as protocols and procedures should they be needed. As of March 3, 2020, there are no laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.

As cases of COVID-19 are detected globally, the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan public health will update travel notices. The Government of Canada has issued travel health advisories for COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. In its most recent update, the Government of Canada now recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to Iran.

Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:  

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

February

As Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is detected in new jurisdictions, the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan public health, have updated recommendations to residents and health care providers related to travel to and from countries with confirmed cases.

The Government of Canada has issued travel health notices for COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. 

All travellers, regardless of their country of travel, are now asked to monitor their health when they return to Canada. While abroad, you may have come in contact with COVID-19. Monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. If you have these symptoms, contact HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.

The risk of COVID-19 to Saskatchewan residents remains low.  As of February 27, there are no laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:  

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

The Government of Saskatchewan has recently updated guidelines related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), requiring anyone who has travelled from the Hubei province in China (which includes the city of Wuhan) to self-isolate for 14 days. That means that these individuals do not go to school, university, work or social events. Anyone who has had to self-isolate is asked to actively monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough. If even mild symptoms develop please contact public healthy by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

People arriving from other parts of China need to actively monitor their symptoms as well as the symptoms of their children for 14 days. If there are even mild symptoms they must not go to school or work and need to contact public health by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

Full details on self-isolation, along with a surveillance chart on testing results in Saskatchewan can be found at Saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

If any members of our community need to self-isolate they are encouraged to reach out to us to so that we can offer appropriate supports. Students can contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933, and staff and faculty should reach out to their immediate supervisor. 

At this time Saskatchewan does not have a confirmed case of Covid-19, and the risk to Canadians remains low.

It’s not unusual, however, that the current Covid-19 outbreak may cause some people additional concern when it comes to the regular cold and flu season. There are a number of recommended precautions that can help prevent illness this time of year:  

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • stay home if you are sick
  • make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date

More information about how to stay healthy on campus during cold and flu season is available here. 

USask is proud to be home to many international students, as well as visiting faculty and staff.  As a community it is critical that we support each other and remain respectful during what is a difficult time for many. The university has been in contact with any students, staff or faculty who may have been in China for personal, professional or academic reasons and we have no reason for concern. The university continues to offer support and resources to anyone who is impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

January

USask response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The University of Saskatchewan—in connection with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority,  and with advisories from the Public Health Agency of Canada—continues to monitor the coronavirus, and will provide you with relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, the university has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that they are needed.

At this time, the risk to Canadians is low and there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saskatchewan.

As many of you know, the university has partnerships with a number of institutions throughout China and we are working to get a full view of how the coronavirus may affect current and planned activities. All faculty, staff and students are advised to follow Government of Canada's travel advisories regarding travel to and from the affected areas.

If you have friends or family who are currently in China, they may want to participate in the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad program. This service allows the Government of Canada to notify Canadians abroad in case of an emergency, enabling traveling Canadians to receive important information.

Students with additional questions and concerns are asked to please contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to contact their family physician or the Saskatchewan Health Authority Health Line with any individual health concerns or questions. Any other questions regarding USask health and wellness resources and supports can be directed to Wellness Resources.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the coronavirus in Canada, visit Public Health Agency of Canada.

Coronavirus awareness

Many of you are probably already aware of the novel coronavirus that is impacting China, and now other countries. The University of Saskatchewan is monitoring the situation closely, in tandem with the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. As part of our regular emergency preparedness, the university already has an emergency management plan with protocols and procedures in place in the event that we need them.  At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saskatchewan. 

If you are scheduled to travel and are concerned that you may be visiting an affected area, we encourage you to follow official advisories and make informed decisions regarding any upcoming travel.  

Students with additional questions and concerns are asked to please contact Pirita Mattola, Manager, International Student and Study Abroad Centre at 306-966-5933.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to contact their family physician or the Saskatchewan Health Authority Health Line with any individual health concerns or questions. Any other questions regarding USask health and wellness resources and supports can be directed to Wellness Resources.

The World Health Organization and Health Canada advise that anyone traveling to or from an affected area follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you experience cold or flu-like symptoms avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and throw your tissues in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid visiting live markets and contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals. 
  • If experiencing flu-like symptoms upon your return, or during travel, avoid contact with others and see a health care professional. Explain to them your symptoms and where you have traveled.  

The university will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Questions?

Symptoms or Health Concerns

Call HealthLine at 811.

General SK COVID-19 Questions

Call 1-855-559-5502, or 306-787-8539 (Regina) from 6 am to 10 pm.

USask-related Questions 

Email: covid19@usask.ca