Confirmed COVID-19 case at McMaster: September 30

The university has been notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case involving a student.

Confirmation was received today of the positive case. The student was last on campus on September 24 and had spent a short amount of time in the Psychology Building.  The building has been thoroughly cleaned and the student had been following all required health and safety protocols while on campus.

Any contact tracing required is being managed by public health authorities. They will be directly contacting anyone who would be part of the tracing for this case.

McMaster has developed comprehensive protocols for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19. These have been developed in accordance with public health guidelines and include creation of a university rapid response team.

The number of people being tested in Hamilton continues to increase.  When the university is notified that someone is awaiting test results and has been on campus, the areas where the person had been on campus in the past 72 hours are cleaned out of an abundance of caution. In the majority of cases the test results have been negative.

All McMaster students, faculty and staff are reminded to use the new self-reporting tool in Mosaic to report positive COVID-19 test results or close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. This tool is confidential and helps the university track confirmed and probable cases on campus and ensure appropriate cleaning and safety protocols are put into place promptly.

The university protocols require students, faculty and staff to complete a COVID screening tool within one hour of any expected arrival at a McMaster facility and to follow any advice the screening provides.

All employees and students who have a need to be on campus must also complete a mandatory online training module in advance of attending a McMaster facility. The training link is available on Mosaic.

If you feel ill, please do not attend a McMaster facility and you are encouraged to seek medical advice. More detailed information on reporting is available and the links below.