What to do if you test positive for COVID-19, are exposed, or have symptoms

We are committed to the health and safety of the George Brown College community.

Our procedures and policies follow guidance from Toronto Public Health and the provincial government. 

The scenarios listed below are intended to guide people who are fully vaccinated. Only people who are fully vaccinated can gain access to campus. We follow the Government of Ontario’s definition of full vaccination.  

If you aren’t fully vaccinated, follow Toronto Public Health’s self-isolation guidelines

Reporting a COVID-19 positive test or household exposure

Anyone who has been on campus and tests positive for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test) or has been exposed to someone in their household who has tested positive (PCR or rapid test) must notify the following departments:  

Due to widespread transmission, COVID-19 PCR testing is only available to high-risk individuals. Depending on your COVID-19 status, you may need to notify the college and self-isolate. Please review the scenarios below, which are based on Toronto Public Health guidelines

You have tested positive (PCR or rapid antigen test)

You have been on campus

  1. Do not come to campus. 
  2. Self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day your symptoms started, or the date of your test if you do not have symptoms. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines
  3. Notify the college using the reporting information above. 
  4. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, you must wait 48 hours once your symptoms are improving before ending self-isolation. 

You have not been to campus

  1. Do not come to campus. 
  2. Self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day your symptoms started, or the date of your test if you do not have symptoms. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines
  3. Connect with your instructors or supervisor and let them know if you’re unable to attend classes or work. 

You have COVID-19 symptoms

Learn about the symptoms of COVID-19 (Toronto Public Health). 

  1. Do not come to campus.  
  2. Self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day your symptoms started. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines
  3. Contact your instructor or supervisor to let them know if you will be unable to attend class or work. 
  4. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, you must wait 48 hours once your symptoms are improving before ending self-isolation. 

You've been exposed to someone who tested positive

The person was a member of your household AND you have been to campus

  1. Do not come to campus. 
  2. Self-isolate, whether you have symptoms or not. If you do not have symptoms, your isolation period can end when your household member with COVID-19 ends their isolation. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day your symptoms started or the date of your positive test. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines
  3. Notify the college using the reporting information above. 
  4. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, you must wait 48 hours once your symptoms are improving before ending self-isolation.

The person was a member of your household AND you have not been to campus

  1. Do not come to campus.  
  2. Self-isolate, whether you have symptoms or not. If you do not have symptoms, your isolation period can end when your household member with COVID-19 ends their isolation. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day your symptoms started or the date of your positive test. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines
  3. Contact your instructor or supervisor to let them know if you will be unable to attend class or work. 

Your contact was with a person outside of your household

  1. You can continue to come to campus if you’re not experiencing symptoms and you follow all COVID-19 prevention practices (masking, distancing, washing/sanitizing your hands often). 
  2. Monitor for symptoms for 10 days. See Toronto Public Health’s guidelines