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News archive - July 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Case tracking: one community member tests positive

On Monday, July 29, Region of Waterloo public health informed us of one individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and who had visited our campus.

The individual is in self-isolation and did not have any known close contacts while on the campus.

If you have not been identified as a close contact of the individual, you should continue to follow our on-campus safety procedures including our campus check in screening daily, and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if needed.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vaccination now required to live in residences

Update for undergraduate students

  • We will require students living in our residences during the 2021-2022 academic year to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19

  • We are making changes to residence requirements based on new advice we received this week from Region of Waterloo Medical Officer of Health

  • You can expect expanded in-person experiences such as in labs, libraries, student clubs and services as other public health restrictions lift 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vaccination now required to live in residences

Update for employees and graduate students

  • We will require students living in our residences during the 2021-2022 academic year to be vaccinated against COVID-19 

  • We are making changes to residence requirements based on new guidance issued this week from Region of Waterloo Medical Officer of Health 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Looking beyond Step 3 to the fall term

Update for employees and graduate students

  • Ontario entered Step 3 of its reopening plan and is seeing positive trends in vaccinations and low numbers of COVID-19 cases 
  • While we may be able to significantly expand in-person experiences this fall, our current academic approach will remain largely as planned: a mix of online and in-person courses 
  • Register for the President’s Forum on July 27 to learn more 
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Step 3 changes campus operations

Update for students and employees

  • Region of Waterloo moves into Step 3 re-opening on Friday, July 16 
  • You can return to work on campus if you are required to in your departmental safety plan 
  • Some services and building opening times are changing 
  • You can expect to hear more on our reopening plans as public health guidance evolves