Confirmed COVID-19 case at McMaster: December 11

The university has received notification of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus.

The case involves a residence student who tested positive and was last on campus December 11, in Bates residence.

All impacted areas have since been thoroughly cleaned. The student is self-isolating.

Any contact tracing required is being managed by public health authorities. Asymptomatic close contacts who are fully vaccinated do not need to self-isolate. Symptomatic close contacts need to self-isolate and get tested. See details on McMaster’s Symptomatic Testing Centre for Students here.

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 which coordinates all cleaning and follow up that is required.

McMaster COVID-19 protocols

When the university is notified that a student, faculty or staff member reports a confirmed case of COVID-19, enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the affected area will be completed in compliance with Public Health guidelines.

The university communicates a confirmed case to the McMaster community when it is informed of a positive test result.

All McMaster students, faculty and staff are reminded to use the self-reporting tool in Mosaic to report a confirmed COVID-19 test result for COVID-19. This tool is confidential and helps the university track confirmed cases on campus and ensure appropriate cleaning and safety protocols are put into place promptly.

Before anyone comes to a McMaster facility 

The university protocols require McMaster students, faculty and staff to upload proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool. All students, faculty and staff are required to follow the university’s mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Visitors to McMaster should use McMaster’s Safety App to upload proof of vaccination before attending university property. McMaster’s COVID-19 Visitor Vaccination Policy is available here.

In order to come to campus, students and employees must also complete a daily COVID-19 health screening in MacCheck within one hour of any expected arrival and follow the advice the screening tool 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 at the links below.