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News archive - January 2022

Monday, January 31, 2022

Updating you on our plans to return to in-person experiences

Update for the UWaterloo Community

We recently communicated the University’s intention to gradually transition to full in-person experiences with most in-person instruction starting on Monday, February 7.

Ontario’s decision to open more of the province starting today is supported by the Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as Waterloo Region’s Medical Officer of Health. Changes to Ontario’s regulations mean across many sectors, people are returning to work and activities gradually through February to mid-March. The evidence from Ontario’s Science table shows now that we are past the peak of Omicron transmission based on daily case counts, test positivity, the reproduction number and wastewater data.  Hospital and ICU admissions for COVID-19 are plateauing and starting to trend down. 

Friday, January 21, 2022

In-person experiences resuming on February 7

Update for the UWaterloo Community

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures. The evidence shows that our collective efforts to reduce the transmission of Omicron are having an effect and we can continue our cautious return to in-person experiences.

For the University, the announcement means that we will continue to deliver essential in-person teaching and learning as we have done since January 4, and we will gradually transition to full in-person experiences with most in-person instruction starting on February 7.  

Thursday, January 20, 2022

COVID-19 Community Response – Staff Redeployment and Volunteer Opportunities

Update for employees

As you are aware, the widespread transmission of the Omicron variant is straining our health and wellness system across the region and country. In response, the Region of Waterloo is reaching out to our University community with redeployment opportunities to support our frontline workers in local hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes and shelters.

We are writing to you today to consider two mechanisms for your support to our community.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Confirming our return to in-person learning and work in February

Update for the UWaterloo Community

We will extend the current remote learning and working arrangements for a short period, but we plan to return to in-person experiences in February. We will return as soon as it is practical to do so based on advice from public health officials. In the meantime, as previously announced, we continue to provide essential in person teaching. 

Friday, January 7, 2022

What to do if you think you have COVID

Update for the UWaterloo community

On December 30, 2021, the Government of Ontario made changes to PCR testing eligibility and case and contact management guidance.  These changes, made to help the province effectively manage the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, mean that we are making changes to the protocols for what the University community needs to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.