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November

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

Students, faculty and staff who are approved to be on campus are reminded to please stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. More information including an online self-assessment tool is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, November 26, the university has been informed of two positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community, both on and off-campus. All campus community members confirmed positive are required to self-isolate until cleared by the SHA.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

Travel reminder

With the upcoming holiday season approaching, it's important that all members of the university community are familiar with the USask travel policy and are submitting travel requests in advance of booking USask-related travel arrangements. Please note that USask is currently not approving international travel at this time

Personal travel
Before traveling outside of Saskatchewan, all members of the university community are strongly encouraged to evaluate all associated risks, which may include the risk of becoming ill, falling under the restrictions of a foreign government, or forfeiting travellers cancellation or medical coverage.

An official global travel advisory is in effect. The Government of Canada is recommending Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

The social significance of the global pandemic

When COVID-19 came to Canada, researchers knew its implications would go far beyond the direct effects of the virus. Read more. 

Health Canada COVID Alert App

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, November 19, the university has been informed of seven positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community, both on and off-campus. All campus community members confirmed positive are required to self-isolate until cleared by the SHA.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

Winter Term Planning Update

With the current increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon and area, there have been several questions regarding the status of the Winter Term (January-April 2021). The university’s approach to restricted campus access and activities, combined with enhanced safety and cleaning measures during the pandemic, has been effective in protecting the health and safety of the campus community, and our approach to the Winter Term remains as outlined in the Winter Term Implementation Plan, with no changes. The Winter Term will remain primarily remote, with limited in-person teaching, learning and research activities conducted on campus. Planning for the Spring, Summer and Fall Terms in 2021 is currently underway, with announcements expected early in the new year. Those currently working remotely will continue to work remotely until notified otherwise. 

The Winter Term Implementation Plan addresses the potential for increased COVID-19 outbreaks in the community while continuing to place the health and safety of the university community as the top priority. Specific program and class information is provided by USask colleges/schools so please contact your college/school if you have any academic programming questions.

Faculty and staff pandemic engagement pulse survey 

On November 5, faculty and staff received an email invitation to voluntarily participate in a second USask Pandemic Pulse. The series of short pulse engagement surveys are an opportunity for you to share feedback about the impacts of the pandemic and your current workplace arrangements.

The invitations to participate in the voluntary survey were sent by McLean & Company, who are administering the survey on behalf of the university to ensure that your data and your responses are kept confidential. USask and its leadership will only have access to final reports in aggregate format to ensure that your privacy is maintained; no responses will be attributable to any individual. Please take the time to complete the short survey and provide open and honest feedback and perspectives.  

Continued pressure on global PPE supplies

Throughout the majority of the pandemic, USask has been able to maintain an adequate volume of key supplies of PPE items such hand protection, eye/face protection and disinfectants on hand, and at a reasonable cost for use on campus. Due to material shortages and supply chain constraints, pricing and availability of some PPE products may be impacted in the coming months as the effects of the global pandemic continue to challenge our suppliers. If you have questions or require assistance purchasing items please visit ppesales.usask.ca or email ppe_acquisitions@usask.ca.

Health Canada COVID Alert App

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

USask unites: Stepping up from the sidelines

From raising tens of thousands of dollars for needed supplies in La Loche, to helping health care workers from the sidelines, medical students felt compelled to help Saskatchewan communities during a global pandemic — the same communities they are being trained to serve as physicians. Read more. 

Wellness resources 

USask is here to support the well-being of all who study and work at our campuses. Please take the time to view the wellness resources available to members of the university community and their families that promote a healthy mind, body and life.   

University buildings remain closed

A reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, November 12, the university has been informed of two positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community, both on and off-campus. All campus community members confirmed positive are required to self-isolate until cleared by the SHA.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

A reminder that Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

Updated USask on campus mask protocols 

Faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be expected to wear a face mask (non-medical mask or cloth face covering) in all USask spaces. 

This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, shared offices, washrooms, outdoors and other campus spaces. Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common and designated areas outside of their private living space. 

Face masks must be worn at all times in shared office and laboratory spaces even when physical distancing can be maintained. Unless supported by a documented risk assessment, face masks may only be removed to eat, drink and while engaged in physical exercise. In these cases, physical distancing must be maintained.   

There are some exceptions to mandatory face masks—children under two years of age, those who cannot don or doff a mask, individuals requiring a medical exception—but in general, it is expected that all university community members, as well as visitors, will follow this requirement.  

For approved faculty, students, and staff who currently have access to campus, new lunchroom and vehicle use guidelines are now available. Please ensure you are following the guidelines and doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/working-on-campus/ppes.php.

Daily self-monitoring assessment tool

The COVID-19 daily self-monitoring assessment tool is available in an easy-to-use online form. Employees who are approved to access campus must complete the self-monitoring assessment each day prior to their arrival. The self-monitoring assessment is an essential requirement to provide information to the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the event of a confirmed positive case on campus. The online form is accessible through PAWS.

More information about the Health and Safety requirements for working on campus at covid19.usask.ca.  

Bookable library study spaces

The ground floor of the Murray Library is now open Monday-Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm for study by appointment for current USask students only. Spaces are available in three-hour increments during the morning and afternoon. Students have the option to book an individual space, computer workstation or a study room (with a capacity limit of two persons).  All students entering the library are required to wear a mask and present proof of completing the mandatory online COVID-19 Health and Safety Course. Printing is not available at this time. For more information and to book your space at the library visit libcal.usask.ca.

Approvals for the resumption of new on-campus activities on hold 

Approvals for new increased research activity and in-person, on-campus meeting requests will not be provided until early December as we continue to evaluate all forms of on-campus activity due to recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon and across the province.

Researchers may still submit new requests by following the process outlined under “Steps for Making a Request” on this page. New requests will still be recorded and evaluated, however approvals to resume the activities will not be provided until early December.

Please continue to use the request for campus activity form for submitting your specific request. More information about on-campus activities will be provided in the coming weeks.

New CT scanner gives USask’s VIDO-InterVac scientists a window on COVID-19 disease

New imaging equipment to help understand COVID-19 infection will soon be coming to VIDO-InterVac at USask, thanks to a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant. Learn more.

Wellness tips for working remotely

Maintaining a consistent routine, taking frequent breaks, and scheduling time to catch up with family and friends are just a few of the wellness tips for students and employees to stay healthy and productive while working and studying remotely. More wellness information, including important ergonomic tips for setting up your home office is available at wellness.usask.ca/covid-19.php.

University buildings remain closed

A reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, November 5, the university has been informed of five positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community, both on and off-campus. All campus community members confirmed positive are required to self-isolate until cleared by the SHA.

A reminder that Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

Fall mid-term break safety reminder

On Nov. 3, the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced new COVID-19 public health orders in response to the rapid increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan's three largest cities and across the province. The new public health orders will come into effect after 12:01 am on Friday, Nov. 6, and include a reduction of indoor gathering sizes from 15 to 10 people, and mandatory masking required in all indoor public places in Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert. Learn more

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community requires each and every one of us to continue to follow the rules and guidelines that are in place, particularly related to travel outside of the province and attendance at social gatherings. We need to collectively support the restrictions and rules now in place, including limiting social interactions, physical distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, and limiting travel outside of the province. The health and safety of our campus is a shared responsibility. Together we can continue to Protect the Pack, and still enjoy a restful mid-term break.

Updated USask on campus mask protocols 

Effective November 6, all faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be expected to wear a face mask (non-medical mask or cloth face covering) in all USask spaces. 

This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, shared offices, washrooms, outdoors and other campus spaces. Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common and designated areas outside of their private living space. 

Face masks must be worn at all times in shared office and laboratory spaces even when physical distancing can be maintained. Unless supported by a documented risk assessment, face masks may only be removed to eat, drink and while engaged in physical exercise. In these cases, physical distancing must be maintained.   

There are some exceptions to mandatory face masks—children under two years of age, those who cannot don or doff a mask, individuals requiring a medical exception—but in general, it is expected that all university community members, as well as visitors, will follow this requirement.  

For approved faculty, students, and staff who currently have access to campus, new lunchroom and vehicle use guidelines are now available. Please ensure you are following the guidelines and doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/working-on-campus/ppes.php.

Approvals for the resumption of new on-campus activities on hold 

Approvals for new increased research activity and in-person, on-campus meeting requests will not be provided until early December as we continue to evaluate all forms of on-campus activity due to recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon and across the province.

Researchers may still submit new requests by following the process outlined under “Steps for Making a Request” on this page. New requests will still be recorded and evaluated, however approvals to resume the activities will not be provided until early December.

Please continue to use the request for campus activity form for submitting your specific request. More information about on-campus activities will be provided in the coming weeks.

Winter Term Implementation Plan

The final Winter Term Implementation Plan is now available at covid19.usask.ca/about/plan/index.php. The plan outlines the principles and approaches the university will apply in continuing to offer a hybrid delivery model of primarily remote learning, with limited clinical, laboratory, and other in-person instruction only where required. USask colleges and departments will be providing more information relating to the Winter Term as the plans progress.

To identify classes that will be delivered remotely, “REMO” will be added as an attribute to classes in the class registration system by mid-November.

Wellness resources 

USask is here to support the well-being of all who study and work at our campuses. Please take the time to view the wellness resources available to members of the university community and their families that promote a healthy mind, body, and life.   

USask researchers find face masks don't hinder breathing during exercise

A new USask study has found that exercise performance and blood and muscle oxygen levels are not affected for healthy individuals wearing a face mask during strenuous workouts. Learn more.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

October

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, October 28, the university has been informed of six positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community, both on and off-campus. All campus community members confirmed positive are required to self-isolate until cleared by the SHA.

Winter Term Implementation Plan

The final Winter Term Implementation Plan is now available at covid19.usask.ca/about/plan/index.php. The plan outlines the principles and approaches the university will apply in continuing to offer a hybrid delivery model of primarily remote learning, with limited clinical, laboratory, and other in-person instruction only where required. USask colleges and departments will be providing more information relating to the Winter Term as the plans progress.

New COVID-19 restrictions for Saskatoon nightclubs

In response to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks linked to nightclubs in Saskatoon, SHA is introducing new restrictions that prohibit the sale of alcohol sales between the hours of 10pm and 9am and require nightclubs to close to patrons at 11pm. Additionally, the Public Health order on gathering size has been amended downwards to now allow a maximum of 15 people in private homes and dwellings. Remember, families and friends must remain consistent.

A reminder to continue doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by keeping your social circles small, avoiding large group gatherings (including at bars, nightclubs and parties) and being socially responsible. Stay home and don’t entertain guests if you’re feeling unwell. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires all of us to continue to change our regular behaviour to keep our campus and broader community safe.

Child care spots available on campus

The pandemic required that our child care centres close for a period of time but all three centres are now up and fully running. Spots in these centres are reserved for the children of USask students, staff and faculty. There are spots available immediately. For more information please contact the centres directly:

  • The USSU Childcare Centre with two locations on Cumberland – spots open for children six months to six years old - call 306-966-2777 or email executivedirector@ussuchildcarecentre.ca
  • Campus Daycare located in the Education Building – spots open for children 30 months (toilet trained) to 6 years old - call 306-966-7807 or email campus.daycare@usask.ca (ask for Lorie)

Bookable library study spaces

The ground floor of the Murray Library is now open Monday-Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm for study by appointment for current USask students only. Spaces are available in three-hour increments during the morning and afternoon. Students have the option to book an individual space, computer workstation or a study room (with a capacity limit of two persons).  All students entering the library are required to wear a mask and present proof of completing the mandatory online COVID-19 Health and Safety Course. Printing is not available at this time. For more information and to book your space at the library visit libcal.usask.ca.

Winter term class delivery

Class instruction in the 2021 Winter Term will be primarily remote, with extremely limited in-person instruction. By mid-November, “REMO” will be added as an attribute to classes in the class registration system that will be taught remotely.

Seasonal influenza (flu) immunization program 

The annual flu vaccine program is now available to all Saskatchewan residents. Flu vaccines are free and are a proven way to protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season. More information including clinic locations where you can get vaccinated is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/influenza-immunization

For students: Flu shots are available at the Student Wellness Centre 

Students can get their flu shot through the Student Wellness Centre by appointment only. Call 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca. Before you come in for your appointment, be sure to read the flu vaccine info sheet and remember to bring your health card.

Visit www.campusmedicineshoppe.ca to book your flu shot at the campus pharmacy in Place Riel. 

Reminder to complete the pandemic response survey

USask faculty and staff were sent an email invitation to participate in a national survey of Canadian post-secondary institutions examining how universities from across the country responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check your inbox for the survey invite. A follow-up email reminder will be sent this week. 

The survey will cover a broad range of topics, including: communication; security and access to facilities and infrastructure; faculty relations and career support; general institutional support; pedagogical support; research support; risk management; student and employee support; and technology support.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Take care of your health and wellness

A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis.

We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. So, while you’re staying in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support. Online resources are available at wellness.usask.ca/covid-19.php to help guide you through these challenging times.

For Students

If you need to talk to a counsellor, doctor, dietitian, mental health nurse and/or nurse practitioner, get in touch with the Student Wellness Centre. Staff can meet with you in person, by phone or online. In addition, you can now also book in-person fee-for-service massage, physio and chiro appointments. 

If you need urgent mental health assistance, reach out to Student Affairs and Outreach

Here are some tips on staying well and managing stress and anxiety. Check out our Be Well at USask podcasts for more ideas.

Seasonal influenza (flu) immunization program 

The annual flu vaccine program is now available to all Saskatchewan residents. Flu vaccines are free and are a proven way to protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season. More information including clinic locations where you can get vaccinated is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/influenza-immunization

For students: Flu shots are available at the Student Wellness Centre 

Students can get their flu shot through the Student Wellness Centre by appointment only. Call 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca. Before you come in for your appointment, be sure to read the flu vaccine info sheet and remember to bring your health card.

COVID-19 self-reporting guidelines and response plan

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

Technology safety tips for your remote workspace

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a great time to take a look at your remote workstation to ensure you are using USask resources in the safest and most secure ways.

Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month and USask's IT Security training at itsecurity.usask.ca

Student volunteers to keep Meals on Wheels rolling

Lara New was finishing up her first year of a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences and earning a 90 per cent overall average, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring.

That’s when the University of Saskatchewan student decided to use her summer to volunteer in her home community of Swift Current. Learn more.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Reopening of student workspaces on campus

University Library

The University Library is reopening limited study spaces for current USask students starting on Tuesday, October 20. Study spaces will need to be booked in advance and the reservation system will open on Monday, October 19. The available study spaces include 50 distanced study seats, eight study rooms for one or two people, and nine computer workstations; printing is not available at this time. Students must book the spaces in advance at libcal.usask.ca and can select a morning or afternoon timeslot Monday through Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm.

Physically distanced floor markers and directional signage are displayed in the library that identifies study seats and computer workstations, mark entrances and exits, and outline COVID safety protocols.

With the opening of the ground floor, contactless pickup will shift to self-serve contactless pickup.

Graduate student study space

Graduate students looking for places to safely do their work on campus can apply for access to study spaces that are available in the Education Building. In order to access these rooms, graduate students must have their supervising faculty members fill out a form authorizing them access to the booking system in 25Live.

Once submitted, Space Booking will email the students with further information on how to book the space. Students are able to book three four-hour shifts per week and are required to wipe down their space at the beginning and end of each of their timeslots. Students must wear masks on campus and in shared study spaces but may remove them while sitting at their table, provided they are maintaining social distancing protocols.

St. Thomas More College

STM has student study space available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a first-come-first-served basis. Masks are required and students must sign in with their student cards. Students are asked to use the North Entrance. 

Further information is available at: stmcollege.ca/news/2020/student-access-now-available-at-stm.php

New daily self-monitoring assessment tool

The COVID-19 daily pre-screening log is now available in an easy-to-use online form. Employees who are approved to access campus must complete the self-monitoring assessment each day prior to their arrival. The self-monitoring assessment is an essential requirement to provide information to the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the event of a confirmed positive case on campus. The online form is accessible through PAWS.

More information about the Health and Safety requirements for working on campus at covid19.usask.ca.  

Call for applications: Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund Stage Three

Researchers who have been incurring extraordinary and exceptional direct research costs as a result of COVID-19 are invited to apply to the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund. USask has been allocated up to $3.2 million to help researchers address costs related to maintaining or ramping up their research programs during the pandemic.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the broad range of factors, including non-traditional and unconventional ways research is undertaken, that could result in maintenance and ramp-up costs. 

Applications are due November 16. For additional information and application procedures, please visit vpresearch.usask.ca/researchers/crcef.php#CRCEFStage3Applications.

USask VIDO-InterVac expands international role to test antiviral compounds against COVID-19

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at USask has been awarded a grant of almost $830,000 from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to determine the effectiveness of several antiviral compounds against COVID-19. Learn more.

COVID-19 self-reporting guidelines and response plan

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

COVID Alert app now available in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information. The COVID Alert is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Find out more about the app.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Confirmed positive cases at the university

Positive cases of COVID-19 at the University of Saskatchewan have been recently confirmed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). The positive cases are in the College of Medicine. The individuals are self-isolating until they are cleared by Public Health. The SHA is completing the contact tracing process to identify and notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. With more than one confirmed positive case, this is now classified as workplace outbreak by the SHA.

All individuals identified through SHA contact tracing have been provided with instructions for completing COVID-19 testing and 14-day self-isolation. Those required to self-isolate include any identified close contacts living in university residences. Anyone in the College of Medicine or university residences not contacted directly by public health is not considered a close contact, and should simply self-monitor for symptoms.

Within the College of Medicine, all COVID-19 health and safety measures are in place for offices and labs, and for all in-person instruction and events.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. At this time, we don’t believe there are any other risks to members of the university community and remain in close contact with the SHA. Affected spaces will be extensively cleaned prior to re-opening. We remind everyone to continue to practice safe social distancing, frequently wash your hands, wear a mask, and always self-monitor for symptoms.

Reminder: Thanksgiving and fall activities

On Oct. 8, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the City of Saskatoon released a notice warning of increased COVID-19 activity in Saskatoon and the rest of Saskatchewan. Extra caution needs to be taken as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure our fall term continues to be successful. Increasing cases mean we will all need to carefully follow the provincial health directives for fall activities when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans and attending social and family gatherings.

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community requires each and every one of us to continue to follow the rules and guidelines that are in place, particularly related to travel outside of the province and attendance at social gatherings. We need to collectively support the restrictions and rules now in place, including limiting social interactions, physical distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, and limiting travel outside of the province. The health and safety of our campus is a shared responsibility. Together we can continue to Protect the Pack, and still enjoy a very meaningful and happy Thanksgiving.

Winter Term Implementation Plan

A draft version of the Winter Term Implementation Plan is now available at covid19.usask.ca/about/plan/index.php. The plan outlines the principles and approaches the university will apply in continuing to offer a hybrid delivery model of primarily remote learning with limited clinical, laboratory, and other in-person instruction only where required. USask colleges and departments will be providing more information relating to the Winter Term as the plans progress.

USask accepting next stage of applications for Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund 

The university is now accepting applications as part of the third stage of the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) program. Stage three of the CRCEF program includes funding that is intended to support research maintenance and ramp-up costs. More informaton is available here

The CRCEF is part of the Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

USask tips: How to support wellness amidst COVID-19

World Mental Health Day, observed on Oct. 10, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. With members of the USask community facing a number of stressors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to assess our own mental health and to reach out to others who may need support. Here are several USask resources to support mental health. Learn more.

USask Rec to launch virtual recreation programming for faculty and staff. 

The following virtual recreation programming is available to faculty and staff:

  • Fitness classes
  • Personal training (cost associated)
  • At home workouts

You can click here for everything you need to know and register for virtual recreation programming.
*Please read the registration instructions very carefully.

COVID Alert app now available in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information. The COVID Alert is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Find out more about the app.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) notified us that a member of the university community has very recently tested positive for COVID-19. Based on class schedule, the individual has not been on campus since Oct. 1. The positive case is currently isolated to the College of Medicine and SHA is completing the contact tracing process to identify and notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

All individuals identified through contact tracing have been provided with instructions for completing COVID-19 testing and 14-day self-isolation (until Oct. 16). Those required to self-isolate includes any identified close contacts living in university residences. At this time we don’t believe there are any other risks to members of the university community. Affected spaces will be extensively cleaned prior to re-opening. We remind everyone to continue to practice safe social distancing, frequently wash your hands, wear a mask, and always self-monitor for symptoms.

USASK’s response to COVID-19
The university has a comprehensive campus safety and response plan for managing, reporting and responding to suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus. We want to assure our community that our campus facilities are frequently sanitized and affected areas are thoroughly cleaned. In all instances of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, the university will follow the SHA protocols and work closely with local health authorities to ensure that all health and safety measures are in place to protect members of the community.

We thank you for your continued patience and commitment to collective efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Continue to physically distance, stay home when feeling unwell, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. Students who are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, can reach out to Student Affairs and Outreach. Staff and faculty can access confidential counseling through the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Thanksgiving and fall activities

With continuing COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan and surges in areas across Canada, extra caution needs to be taken as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure our fall term continues to be successful. Increasing cases mean we will all need to carefully follow the provincial health directives for fall activities when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans and attending social and family gatherings.

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community requires each and every one of us to continue to follow the rules and guidelines that are in place, particularly related to travel outside of the province and attendance at social gatherings. We need to collectively support the restrictions and rules now in place, including limiting social interactions, physical distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, and limiting travel outside of the province. The health and safety of our campus is a shared responsibility. Together we can continue to Protect the Pack, and still enjoy a very meaningful and happy Thanksgiving.

Fall Convocation will be a Virtual Celebration 

Unfortunately, as was the case for our 2020 Spring Convocation, due to the pandemic, the 2020 Fall Convocation ceremonies will not be held in person. Although we cannot honour the achievements of our graduates in person, we will celebrate them in other ways.

The Fall Convocation ceremony would have taken place on November 10, and planning is currently underway for a memorable and meaningful virtual celebration on that same day. Beginning mid-November, all fall graduates will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates by mail. For more information about graduation, visit the graduation webpage.

Updated policy for travel within Saskatchewan

For faculty and staff, travel within Saskatchewan is permitted without an authority to travel application, however, travellers should be aware of the guidelines and restrictions that may be in place. 

Inter-provincial travel that is required to support essential teaching, learning, research and administrative activities when remote alternatives are not feasible requires USask approval by the appropriate dean, VP or AVP. An authority to travel application must be requested through Concur.  At this time all international travel for our students, faculty and staff remains suspended until further notice.

USask students take on virtual Washington internships

With few opportunities to travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some USask students have found a way to bring international experiences home. Read more.

Graduate student study space

Graduate students looking for places to safely do their work on campus can apply for access to study spaces that are available in the Education Building. In order to access these rooms, graduate students must have their supervising faculty members fill out a form authorizing them access to the booking system in 25Live.

Once submitted, Space Booking will email the students with further information on how to book the space. Students are able to book three four-hour shifts per week and are required to wipe down their space at the beginning and end of each of their timeslots. Students must wear masks on campus and in shared study spaces but may remove them while sitting at their table, provided they are maintaining social distancing protocols.  

Tips for using the University Library at USask while learning remotely

New to studying for your courses online? The University Library is here for you. All University Library locations remain closed. However, library resources and services are still available to support your learning and research needs. For more information about library services and resources during this closure, refer to the University Library online guide or the University Library website.

COVID Alert app now available in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information. The COVID Alert is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Find out more about the app.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Past Updates

View USask's past updates related to COVID-19.

Questions?

Questions can be sent to:

 Email: covid19@usask.ca

Stages of reopening are guided by Provincial recommendations and guidelines, but USask may decide to move more conservatively in some areas to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

USask is currently in Stage 3 of reopening.