Covid-19: What to do if you develop symptoms or have close contact with a positive case

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

Our procedures and policies are based on guidance from Toronto Public Health and the provincial government.

Visit our Health and Safety on Campus page to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test

Any member of the George Brown College community who has been on campus and develops COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test result must notify the following departments: 

  • Employees must immediately notify their supervisor(s) and email Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) COVIDreporting@georgebrown.ca.
  • Students must notify their instructor, and notify Student Counselling and Well-being at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19.
  • Contractors must immediately notify their college project manager, who will notify HSW.
  • WAVE Clinic clients must immediately notify clinic reception at chsclientservices@georgebrown.ca, or call 416-415-4547.

Next steps if you develop symptoms or had close contact with a positive case

Depending on the situation and your vaccination status, you may need to self-isolate. 

We've outlined scenarios, based on Toronto Public Health guidelines. 

Fully vaccinated: A person who has received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) or, for international students the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive your second dose. 

Not fully vaccinated: A person who has not received a COVID-19 vaccine, who has received one dose of vaccine, or who has not completed the two-week period following their second dose of vaccine. 

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Status Vaccinated Not Fully Vaccinated
If you test positive for COVID-19 1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started or the date of your Covid-19 test, if you do not have symptoms.

3. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours.
1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started or the date of your Covid-19 test, if you do not have symptoms.

3. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours.

If you have symptoms but have not had close contact with a known positive case.

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Get tested and self-isolate until you receive your test results.

3. If you do not get tested, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started.

4. If you get tested and the result is negative, and if your symptoms are improving, you can return to campus after 24 hours.

5. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours.

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Get tested and self-isolate until you receive your test results.

3. If you do not get tested, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started.

4. If you get tested and the result is negative, and if your symptoms are improving, you can return to campus after 24 hours.

5. Return to campus once you've completed isolation and confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours.

I have had close contact with a positive case and do not have symptoms

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. You may continue to come to campus and will need to take a rapid test every second day you are on campus for a 2-week period. Rapid tests are free and available by appointment at Casa Loma, St.James and Waterfront campuses.

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Self isolate and get tested. If positive stay home and self isolate for 10 days from date of last exposure. If negative or did not test, stay home and self isolate for 14 days from date of last exposure.

I have had close contact with a positive case and have symptoms

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

3. Self-isolate while you wait for the results.

4. If positive, isolate for 10 days from last exposure. If negative, you may return to campus once confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours. You will need to take a rapid test every second day you are on campus for a 2-week period. Rapid tests are free and available by appointment at Casa Loma, St.James and Waterfront campuses.

1. Notify the college using the reporting information above.

2. Take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

3. Self-isolate.

4. If test is positive stay home and self isolate for 10 days from date of last exposure. If negative or did not test, stay home and self isolate for 14 days from date of last exposure. You can return to campus once you've completed isolation and confirmed with HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being that you have been symptom free for 24 hours.
Steps taken if an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms while on campus
  1. The individual is instructed to go home immediately, avoiding public transit where possible.
  2. They are directed to remain home.
  3. Heath, Safety and Wellness (HSW) contacts the individual if they are an employee, and Student Counselling and Well-being contacts the individual if they are a student to determine when symptoms began and identify any close contacts they may have had at the college.   
  4. HSW works with the individual’s supervisor (employee), academic division (student), project manager (contractor) or clinic (client) to identify any close contacts at the college if the individual tested positive.  
  5. HSW consults with Toronto Public Health, as required.  
  6. The college connects with those who were in direct contact with the COVID-19 positive individual while on campus and are considered high risk.  Others who are concerned about potential exposure should contact Toronto Public Health to discuss their specific situation.  
  7. HSW, Public Safety and Security and Facilities determine cleaning protocols.  
  8. Closure of classrooms or buildings to be decided based on guidance from Toronto Public Health.  
The individual cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being
Steps taken if an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms after being on campus or receives a positive test result
  1. The individual is instructed not to return to campus.  
  2. If the individual was on campus while potentially contagious, Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) or Student Counselling and Well-being contacts them to determine when symptoms began and identify any close contacts they may have had at the college.   
  3. HSW works with the individual’s supervisor (employee), academic division (student), project manager (contractor) or clinic (client) to determine where the person was in the college and who they were in contact with.  
  4. HSW consults with Toronto Public Health, as needed.  
  5. HSW, Public Safety and Security and Facilities determine cleaning protocols.  
The individual cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by HSW or Student Counselling and Well-being.
How we communicate if a positive case is reported on campus
If a positive case of COVID-19 is reported on campus, employees and students will receive an email outlining the campus location, date and, when possible, the times that individual was at George Brown. We ensure the privacy of the individual who tested positive is maintained.  
We will also update the college’s Confirmed Cases on Campus page.