COVID-19 Symptoms FAQ

Monitor yourself and those close to you for symptoms similar to the flu or common cold such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing.

If you need to self-isolate, you should confirm symptoms with Health Links by calling 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257, or a medical doctor/health provider.

You may wish to access the Manitoba COVID-19 screening tool posted online by Shared Health Manitoba.

If you are symptomatic, don’t come to campus. If you are a student and need to seek accommodation, contact your instructor and Accessibility Services at accessibility@uwinnipeg.ca or 204.786.9771.

How do I respond to students with COVID-19-like symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result?

What should I tell students regarding cold, flu, and allergy symptoms?

As we are approaching cold, flu, and allergy season, we encourage you to remind students that they should not to come to class if they have cold, flu, or COVID-19 related symptoms. Let them know that if they do, you will ask them to leave. Refer students to Shared Health for further guidance.

What do I tell a student with COVID-19 symptoms who has not attended classes or been on campus?

Advise them to complete the Shared Health Screening Tool and call Health Links (204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257) for guidance. They should follow the process recommended by Shared Health.

Students should stay home while symptomatic, regardless of a negative Covid-19 test, and not attend classes until their symptoms have dissipated for 24 hours and/or Shared Health recommends that they are able to return to class.

What do I tell a student with COVID-19 symptoms who has attended an on-campus class?

In a respectful way, maintaining confidentiality as much as possible, ask the student to leave the class and direct them to the campus nurse and/or Shared Health and/or their physician. Remind the student that they should refrain from taking public transportation.

Notify Accessibility Services (accessibility@uwinnipeg.ca or 204.786.9771) immediately after the class. They will contact the student to check on them, refer them to Shared Health and other resources.

If a student repeatedly comes to campus with symptoms of COVID-19, a complaint can be made to the Registrar under the non-academic misconduct policy and the processes under this policy will be followed.

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has attended an on-campus class?

While taking the student’s privacy into consideration, Accessibility Services should be informed so they can contact the student to check on them, refer them to Shared Health and other resources.

Manitoba Shared Health will call the Vice President, Academic or the Director, Security & Risk Management and initiate the UW COVID-19 Positive Case Communications and Response process.

As part of this response process, the University may be asked to provide class lists or other information to Manitoba Public Health for contact tracing purposes.

Shared Health may request that the University inform staff, faculty and students who have been in contact with the student who tested positive that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If there is no direction from Shared Health to share this information, the University is not permitted to disclose personal health information.

What happens if a student identifies themselves as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Tell them to seek guidance from Shared Health on whether they need to self-isolate (quarantine). They may be exempt from needing to self-isolate and may still be able to attend classes, provided:

  • They have no symptoms and it has been more than 14 days since their 2nd dose, and they do not have a medical condition that could compromise vaccine effectiveness
  • They have no symptoms and were previously infected with COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

Individuals should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following any exposure, and isolate themselves immediately if they are symptomatic.

Presently, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing. Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 testing site. 

What if a student is directed by Shared Health to miss more than two classes?

It is the student’s responsibility to request your assistance in managing their absence, seeking extensions, additional opportunities to write tests, etc.

We have an obligation to support and assist students who are missing classes due to COVID-19 both for the student’s benefit and also out of the concern for others should they return prematurely.

If you are not able to adequately assist the student, Accessibly Services can refer students to Academic and Career Services for advocacy and information on academic appeals processes. Formal appeals should be a last resort.

What if a student asks to drop a class due to contracting COVID-19, or because of COVID-19 related issues, and asks for a refund?

The University will be as flexible as possible in meeting the students’ needs. Students will be referred to Academic and Career Services to discuss their options and receive assistance in either seeking extensions and deferred exams, or withdrawing with a pro-rated medical refund.

Academic Advisors have the discretion to backdate withdrawals and arrange for refunds to minimize academic appeals and financial appeals.

How do I respond to faculty/staff with COVID-19 related symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test?

As we are approaching cold, flu, and allergy season, supervisors, managers, and directors are encouraged to remind their team not to work on-campus if they develop a new onset or worsening of any one of the following symptoms:

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat/hoarse voice
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • loss of taste or smell
  • vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
Faculty and staff should not work on-campus if they develop a new onset or worsening of any two of the following symptoms:
  • Runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • headache
  • skin rash of unknown cause
  • nausea or loss of appetite
  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat/hoarse voice
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • loss of taste or smell
  • vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
What do I tell an employee who has COVID-19 related symptoms and has not yet come to work or been on-campus?

Supervisors/managers should encourage the employee to complete the Shared Health Screening Tool and call Health Links (204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257) for guidance. They should follow the process recommended by Shared Health.

Employees should stay home while symptomatic and not attend campus until their symptoms resolve for 24 hours and/or Shared Health recommends they can return to work.

What do I do if an employee has COVID-19 symptoms and has attended work on-campus?

Please refer to the COVID-19 Procedures for Sick Employees. 

What happens if an employee has been tested for COVID-19?

If the test returns positive:

  • The manager or employee will report to Linda Harrison, the Health and Wellness Specialist at li.harrison@uwinnipeg.ca for internal record keeping and to refer them to Shared Health and other resources.
  • Manitoba Shared Health will call the Vice President, Academic or the Director, Security & Risk Management and initiate the UW COVID-19 Positive Case Communications and Response process.
  • As part of this response process, the University may be asked to provide class lists or other information to Manitoba Public Health for contact tracing.

Shared Health may request that the University inform staff, faculty and students who have been in contact with the student who tested positive that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If there is no direction from Shared Health to share this information, the University will not share this personal health information.

If the test returns negative:

  • The employee must remain away from work until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
What happens if an employee is identified by Shared Health as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Tell them to seek guidance from Shared Health on whether they need to self-isolate (quarantine). They may be exempt from needing to self-isolate and may still be able to attend work, provided:

  • They have no symptoms and it has been more than 14 days since their 2nd dose, and they do not have a medical condition that could compromise vaccine effectiveness,
  • They have no symptoms and were previously infected with COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

Individuals should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following any exposure, and isolate themselves immediately if any develop and they should get tested.