Communicable Diseases: COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 and declared a global pandemic in March 2020. On May 5th, 2023 the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency.

Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. If you are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the Ministry of Health’s provincial screening tool, and follow the guidance and direction provided to determine self-isolation, self-monitoring and back to work/school timelines.  

York University continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 to help our community respond to the challenges of the pandemic. We assess pandemic information and data locally, nationally, and globally; including all provincial and municipal health information, guidelines, and directives.

  • York students who have additional questions may contact SCHW at
  • York staff, faculty, employees who have additional questions may contact EWB at

Additional information regarding York University’s COVID-19 supports may be found below.

Use the Province of Ontario's self-assessment tool if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive. You can also take it on behalf of someone else.

Once completed, you will get a recommendation on what to do next. 

If this is a medical emergency, call 911 and advise them of your symptoms. Consult a health care provider if you have medical questions.

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