COVID-19 reporting tool, top things to know if you’re coming to campus, and library updates
COVID-19 Reporting Tool in Mosaic
As COVID-19 cases increase across the province, McMaster continues to prioritize health and safety. An important component of this is the speedy reporting of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, which has been made easier with the launch of a new self-reporting tool in Mosaic.
McMaster asks all students, faculty and staff to go onto Mosaic to report positive COVID-19 test results or close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This tool will help the university track confirmed and probable cases on campus and ensure appropriate cleaning and safety protocols are put into place promptly.
The results from this optional reporting are sent directly to McMaster’s Rapid Response team to ensure appropriate measures are taken where required.
Top 5 things to know if you need to come to campus
While most of the McMaster community continues to work and study remotely, some are required to come to campus. Whether you are required to come to campus occasionally or everyday, here are the top five things you need to remember … every time.
- Do the online training The mandatory COVID-19 Awareness training is available in Mosaic. Complete this training in advance of your trip to campus. Training only needs to be done once.
- Complete the daily screening The McMaster Safety app includes direct access to the provincial screening tool. Each time you visit campus, you must complete the screening. You can download the McMaster Safety App from the Google Play Store and iTunes.
- Wear a mask
Masks are mandatory for all indoor spaces on campus. If you are working full time on campus, your department will provide you with two reusable cloth masks. If you forget a mask you can pick one up at either the Campus Store (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or the Commons Building (10:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. the following day).
- Follow signs and keep physically distanced Clear, easy to read signage has been added across campus to ensure you can physically distance and understand room capacities
- Use the COVID-19 reporting tool in Mosaic
If you or anyone on your team has tested positive for COVID, has symptoms or has come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID, use the tool.
Access to graduate study space
The University Library has extended its dedicated study space for graduate students. Originally intended to be used for thesis completion until Sept. 18, the dedicated space will be available until the end of the Fall term, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Graduate Study Space, located in Mills Learning Commons, has been reconfigured to ensure physical distancing is maintained and is intended for McMaster graduate students who have unreliable internet connections at home or are in challenging living situations that don’t support an effective writing environment.
Graduate students wishing to use this space must apply for access. Students will then be able to use their Working@McMaster ID card, or a white security card to access the Learning Commons.
In addition to wearing masks and respecting physical distancing guidelines, students are required to complete the Provincial Self-Assessment Tool one hour prior to arriving on-site and complete one time the COVID-19 Awareness training offered through Mosaic. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will also be provided, among a number of other safety measures.
The Library is extending its limited curbside pick-up option to undergraduate students. Undergraduates, graduate students, post docs and faculty can now use this option to access print books that the Library cannot provided as an e-book or that cannot be accessed electronically. Learn moreCOVID-19 Updates