January 31, 2022

Updated Health & Safety Protocols Starting February 1

January 31, 2022

In alignment with the Government of Ontario’s testing procedures and self-isolation requirements, we have received updated recommendations from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) regarding our residence isolation protocols.    

Isolation protocol 

As of February 1, 2022, any student who is symptomatic, or tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate in their residence room immediately. All roommates and suitemates of a symptomatic or positive student will also be required to isolate. Previously, we’ve focused our attention on moving students who test positive and their close contacts to isolate off campus. That said, with the rate of transmission due to the Omicron variant and the changes to the provincial testing eligibility and isolation protocol, we are adapting our approach based on consultation with the MLHU and campus health experts. 

When isolating, students in traditional-style residences will be required to wear their medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks and maintain physical distancing while accessing floor washrooms. Should you be required to self-isolate, our team will liaise directly with you to ensure you have access to the resources you need, e.g. meal delivery, academic support and counselling.  

If you test positive or become symptomatic, we’re here for you. Please contact our COVID-19 Case Coordinator at 519-495-3980 who will provide ongoing support and assist with appropriate referrals. 

Rapid antigen testing when you arrive 

To help safeguard the health of our residence community, there is a rapid testing strategy in place to support your return to campus. Students who have been approved for early arrival prior to February 24 can pick up their two (2) rapid tests at their front desk upon arrival, along with an instruction sheet regarding how and when to administer. For students arriving after February 24, more details about rapid tests distribution will be communicated shortly.

Get boosted 

We are strongly encouraging all eligible students to receive a COVID-19 booster. If you are planning to receive your booster at the on-campus vaccination centre, you are asked to book an appointment in advance. Walk-ins are accepted pending available vaccine supply. 

Precautionary protocols

General public health measures continue to be critically important: 

  • Prior to each campus visit, students must complete the province’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine whether it is safe to visit.  
  • Medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks must now be worn by all students while indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. New masks can be picked up at any Western library using your Western ONECard. 
  • Please dine alone, or sit physically distanced from other diners, when masks are removed to eat and drink. 

Check out this website for Residence Health & Safety Protocols in your building. These protocols will be updated regularly based on directives from the provincial government and the health unit. 

Whether you are currently at home or in residence, our support continues to be available.