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COVID-19 Illness Management

Schools and departments, supported by Safety and Community Services, continue to provide support and direction to those at SAIT affected by COVID-19. Individuals exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have tested positive with a rapid test will be presumed positive for COVID-19 and must not come to campus until well.

Our process for managing case of COVID-19 respects an individual’s right to privacy. All known confirmed or presumed positive cases will be posted on SAIT.ca if that person attended campus with symptoms or attended campus 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.

If you're learning or working on campus and have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Students: Call the COVID-19 Student Hotline at 825.413.1763 available 24/7.
  • Employees: Notify your supervisor of your illness and refer to the reporting process steps below.

Key reminders

If you are sick, remain away from campus. If you are not sure about your symptoms and what they mean, visit AHS Symptoms and testing or call 811.

If you've been on campus recently and started to feel unwell, report your situation following the steps below.

If you are working or studying off-campus and have become sick or have been confirmed as having COVID-19, please report this to your department or school, who will then report this to Safety and Community Services (HSE.Services@sait.ca). Privacy of affected persons will be maintained. Information on positive cases is extremely helpful to Safety and Community Services as we coordinate with local public health officials on COVID-19 in the community.

Reporting process

  1. Report of ill health or positive COVID-19 test by student, instructor or staff member to affected school or department. Not sure about your symptoms and what they mean? Visit AHS Symptoms and testing or call 811.
  2. Correspondence with symptomatic/COVID-19 positive individual to confirm symptoms and health status:
    • A school or department representative will send an email to the symptomatic or COVID-19 positive individual in order to confirm onset of symptoms, locations and times attended on campus, and to provide an initial safe return to campus date. Note that the safe return to campus date is dependent upon onset of symptoms, vaccination status and rapid testing results (if available).
  3. Based on the replies provided by the symptomatic/COVID-19 positive individual, a final safe return to campus date will be confirmed and communicated to the affected individual.
  4. The responsible school or department representative, working with the Safety and Community Services team, will confirm a final safe return to campus date. Safety and Community Services (HSE.Services@sait.ca) must be informed of all positive or presumed positive cases affecting attendance on campus. Student Residence will be informed of any positive or presumed positive cases affecting student residents so that assistance can be provided during isolation. Privacy of affected persons will be maintained. It is the affected person’s responsibility to ensure they return to campus only when their isolation period has ended and they are feeling well.
  5. Safety and Community Services, in cooperation with Communications, will ensure all positive or presumed positive cases where there was potential exposure to others on campus are posted below.

COVID-19 illness management FAQs

  1. Go to the COVID-19 illness management section on SAIT.ca for all relevant guidance. For additional support, please contact your HSE Advisor, or email HSE.Services@sait.ca.
  2. Provide the individual with the templated questionnaire and response – available from your HSE Advisor, AC, dean or supervisor.
  3. Let your HSE Advisor know of any positive or presumed positive cases for posting on sait.ca.
  4. Contact your HSE Advisor to review any complex cases or unique situations. Contact your HSE Advisor directly during regular hours or use the on-call Safety and Community Services number for after hours and on weekends.

Our process for managing case of COVID-19 respects an individual's right to privacy. The information that is reviewed is required to support you and the health and safety of those attending the SAIT campus by helping prevent the spread of illness on campus. We do not require proof of any COVID-19 test results.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a positive rapid test, you do not need to get a PCR test unless you are in a high-risk category. Refer to AHS’s guidance on Assessment and Testing.

A positive rapid test with symptoms requires immediate isolation.

  • Fully vaccinated: Isolate for five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, and wear a mask at all times for another five days when around others outside of home.
  • Not fully vaccinated: Isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer:
    • Do not continue rapid testing. Book a PCR test only if you meet the high-risk conditions.
    • Notify all close contacts from the previous 48 hours that they should monitor for symptoms and be cautious about going to any high-risk settings like continuing care facilities or crowded indoor spaces.

See Alberta's COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AT HOME for more information.

We ask that you not attend campus and report this information to your supervisor/Academic Chair who will provide you with a return to campus date. Please do not return to campus if you are still exhibiting symptoms. Based on your provided return date, if you are still symptomatic, we ask that you contact your supervisor/Academic Chair to discuss and confirm your health status before returning to campus.

A positive rapid test with no symptoms requires immediate isolation.

Take a second rapid test in 24 hours:

  • If negative, isolation can end unless you develop symptoms.
  • If positive, continue isolating and inform all close contacts as indicated above.

See Alberta's COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AT HOME for more information.

We ask that you not attend campus and report this information to your supervisor/Academic Chair who will provide you with a return to campus date. Please do not return to campus if you are still exhibiting symptoms. Based on your provided return date, if you are still symptomatic, we ask that you contact your supervisor/Academic Chair to discuss and confirm your health status before returning to campus.

Please note that a negative rapid test does not rule out infection.

For a negative rapid test with symptoms:

Take a second rapid test in 24 hours:

  • If your second rapid test is negative, continue isolating until symptoms resolve before cautiously resuming normal activities.
  • If your second rapid test is positive, continue isolation:
    • Fully vaccinated: Five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, plus five days of wearing a mask at all times when around others outside of home
    • Not fully vaccinated: 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

See Alberta's COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AT HOME for more information.

We ask that you not attend campus and report this information to your supervisor/Academic Chair who will provide you with a return to campus date. Please do not return to campus if you are still exhibiting symptoms. Based on your provided return date, if you are still symptomatic, we ask that you contact your supervisor/Academic Chair to discuss and confirm your health status before returning to campus.

Please note that a negative rapid test does not rule out infection. According to AHS, isolation is not required — continue following all public health guidelines.

If you have symptoms and do not have access to a rapid test, you are presumed positive for COVID-19 positive. You do not need to get a PCR test unless you are in a high-risk category. Refer to AHS’s guidance on Assessment and Testing.

Having symptoms requires immediate isolation:

  • Fully vaccinated: Five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, plus five days of wearing a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
  • Not fully vaccinated: 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
    • Book a PCR test only if you meet the high-risk conditions.
    • Notify all close contacts from the previous 48 hours that they should monitor for symptoms and be cautious about going to any high-risk settings like continuing care facilities or crowded indoor spaces.

See Alberta's COVID-19 RAPID TESTING AT HOME for more information.

A presumed positive case is someone with COVID-19 related symptoms but with no confirmation from a PCR or rapid antigen test. 

A confirmed positive case is a confirmation of COVID-19 by way of PCR or rapid antigen test.

We ask that you not attend campus and report this information to your supervisor/Academic Chair who will provide you with a return to campus date. Please do not return to campus if you are still exhibiting symptoms. Based on your provided return date, if you are still symptomatic, we ask that you contact your supervisor/Academic Chair to discuss and confirm your health status before returning to campus.

Close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are no longer legally required to quarantine. It is recommended, however, that you monitor your own health and take actions to reduce contact with others to prevent possible spread. See AHS What to Do if You're a Close Contact for more information.

During the time you're exposed to the confirmed COVID-19 case and for 10 days after your last close contact with them:

  • Watch for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate and get tested right away.
  • Follow provincial public health restrictions and any local municipal restrictions.
  • Take precautions such as physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing or sanitizing your hands often.
  • If you're not fully immunized, you are strongly recommended to stay home for 10 days. Do not leave home to go to work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
If you live with a person who has COVID-19 and they are not able to completely isolate away from you, you'll continue to be exposed for their entire isolation period. You're at risk of getting COVID-19 during their isolation period and for 10 days after their last day of isolation. You should follow the above recommendations for the entire time.

Please note: If you’re a household contact you won’t be able to enter any AHS or partner facility as a designated support person or a visitor even if you're fully immunized. You’ll only be able to enter if you need healthcare services. See ahs.ca/visitation for more information.

If you have symptoms, follow the above-mentioned guidance for those with symptoms.

You are able to come to campus if you are symptom-free. If at any time you develop symptoms, please contact your supervisor/Academic Chair.

If you have symptoms, follow the guidance for those with symptoms. See AHS What to Do if You’re a Close Contact for more information.

You are able to come to campus if you are symptom-free. If at any time you develop symptoms, please contact your supervisor/Academic Chair.

Do not come to campus and report this information to your supervisor/Academic Chair and follow AHS guidance for isolation. 

Having symptoms requires immediate isolation:

  • Fully vaccinated: Five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, plus five days of wearing a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
  • Not fully vaccinated: 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
    • Book a PCR test only if you meet the high-risk conditions.
    • Notify all close contacts from the previous 48 hours that they should monitor for symptoms and be cautious about going to any high-risk settings like continuing care facilities or crowded indoor spaces.

Proof of any COVID-19 test results to confirm health status is no longer required.

We ask that you do not return to campus if you are still exhibiting symptoms. Based on your provided return date, if you are still symptomatic, we ask that you contact your supervisor/Academic Chair to discuss and confirm your health status before returning to campus.

If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case who had recently returned from international travel, you may be recommended by public health to complete a COVID-19 test. Book a test online, or call Health Link at 811.

If PHAC contacts and asks you to book a COVID-19 test, please call Health Link at 811.

See AHS Travel COVID-19 for more information.

Given the high rates of Omicron experienced at the beginning of 2022 affecting our SAIT community, we were not able to directly inform groups or individuals of possible exposure to COVID-19. As Step 2 proceeds, SAIT is continuing to post all known positive or presumed positive cases where there was potential exposure to others on campus are posted on sait.ca; check daily for updates.

For those who travel internationally, the Alberta Government requires International travellers arriving in Canada (including Canadians returning from outside of Canada) to comply with federal travel restrictions, entry requirements and mandatory COVID-19 testing (where applicable).

Visit the Government of Canada’s site for Travel, testing and borders and the Government of Alberta’s Covid-19 travel requirements for more information.

You must be prepared to quarantine when entering Canada as per the Federal requirements and determine how this impacts your ability to access campus.

To return to campus, as per the Alberta Government guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals must isolate themselves for five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer and wear a mask at all times for another five days when around others outside of home. If not fully vaccinated (one dose or less), starting the first day with symptoms or on the date of a positive test, individuals must isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. At this time SAIT will not be asking for or reviewing your vaccination records; it is your responsibility to isolate as currently required by the Government of Alberta.

Ask the affected persons to please confirm their vaccination status as (a) fully vaccinated, or (b) not fully vaccinated, so their earliest return to campus date can be established. No submission of vaccination records is required at this time; it is the responsibility of the affected persons to declare truthfully and to isolate as required by the Government of Alberta.

Rapid testing

Yes. SAIT employees and students are invited to pick up COVID-19 home rapid tests for their personal use. Each person at SAIT will be permitted to pick up one package of five tests every 14 days while supplies last. You will be asked to show a form of valid SAIT identification for tracking purposes. Please contact HSE.Services@sait.ca for more information. Rapid test kits and masks are available at:

  • Campus Security 24/7 at the Eugene Coste Building – Q100
  • SAITSA Resource Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm at the Stan Grad Building — MC107

SAIT was provided rapid test kits in packages of 25, and not in individual boxes of five as you might have received from your local pharmacy. SAIT is required to repack these test kits into smaller quantities to align with the Alberta Government guidelines on the Rapid Testing Program (which limits five tests per person for a 14 day period). The key items in the packages (test strips, swabs and individual buffer solution) all remain in their sealed packaging. Please be assured that your test kits have been repackaged by persons using proper hygiene practices, including the use of gloves and masks. 

Each person at SAIT will be permitted to pick up one package of five tests every 14 days. You will be asked to show a form of valid SAIT identification for tracking purposes. 

COVID-19 confirmed or presumptive cases

Find a list of reported COVID-19 cases at SAIT, including where the individual(s) were last present on campus. COVID cases

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