Keeping our campuses safe from respiratory illness

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

The University of Lethbridge continues to encourage its community members to undertake actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses (such as influenza and COVID-19) when learning and working on its campuses. Students and employees can be part of creating a healthy and safe campus by following public health guidance and participating in good personal health practices.

Personal Health

Community health is supported by individuals committing to good personal health practices.

  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Practice good sneeze/cough etiquette
  • Consistently wash or sanitize your hands
  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask when returning from illness

 The University will continue to follow all provincial health guidelines to support campus safety. Mask distribution stations and hand-sanitizing stations will remain available to our campus community in various locations. The University’s Facilities team will continue to use enhanced filtration measures on campus (MERV 13 standard), along with increased pre- and post-occupancy run time of the ventilation systems.

Stay home if sick

Isolation is no longer legally required in Alberta, however, Alberta Health Services (AHS) recommends those with respiratory virus symptoms or who test positive for any respiratory illness stay home until all symptoms have improved, they feel well enough to resume normal activities, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.

Anyone who has respiratory virus symptoms is recommended by AHS to wear a mask for a total of 10 days from the onset of symptoms (even if the symptoms have resolved or improved) when in indoor settings with other individuals.

Support community health in the classroom and on campus

While there are no longer specific protocols for classrooms related to respiratory illnesses, instructors should encourage personal health practices in the classroom including advising and enabling students to stay home if they are sick and directing them to AHS resources (below) when applicable. ULethbridge campuses are mask-friendly spaces.

Alberta Health Services Resources

Employees and students who are ill with respiratory illnesses are advised to follow the guidance of Alberta Health Services. More information and recommendations on symptom management, isolation and masking are available at the links below:

Respiratory Illnesses (General Information)

Respiratory Illness Assessment for Albertans

COVID-19 Information for Albertans


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