If You are Sick

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 5:19 AM   |  Updated: Apr 27, 2021 8:50 AM

As COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community and with cold and flu season here, we remind staff, students and visitors to follow provincial direction to stay home if you get sick and self-isolate and get tested if advised. Review the instructions on this page to understand what to do if you get sick. Learn how NAIT responds to active cases of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Coming to campus sick or with symptoms puts others at risk, and it could compromise our ability to keep our doors open.

On this page:

What to do if you are sick

Stay home if you are not feeling well. If you get sick while on campus, go home.  

Mandatory isolation or quarantine

  • You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. 
  • The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. 
  • You are also legally required to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are determined to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19. The 14 days begins from the time you were exposed.
    • Alberta Health Services recommends that close contacts get tested twice for COVID-19. The first test should be done as soon as possible and the second test at least 10 days after your last exposure.

Let your supervisor or instructor know you will be absent

You are not required to disclose your personal health information. You are not required to obtain a doctor’s note.

  • Contract instructors, inform your supervisor 
  • WIL students and staff, inform your WIL supervisor or program coordinator  
  • Clients, visitors and tenants, inform your NAIT contact  
  • Guests of a tenant, inform your tenant contact 

Please know you will be supported through your absence and, for students, in making up missed labs and assignments. 

Complete a COVID-19 incident report if you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19

  • Submit it to healthservices@nait.ca. (Contact NAIT Health Services at 780.471.8733 or healthservices@nait.ca if you have questions about how to complete the report.)
  • This is required by anyone who has been on campus or in close contact with members of the NAIT community within the previous 14 days. Students currently in WIL placements are also expected to complete this step. 
    • This report will allow NAIT to undertake necessary safety investigations, support contact tracing and communicate with Alberta Health Services as required.
  • Staff can complete and submit a COVID-19 Incident Report through the myCority application which will send the report directly to Health Services. Visit the staff Intranet for more information on using this tool (login required).
  • A NAIT Health Services nurse will follow up with you.    
  • Make a record of the dates and times you were on campus, and any locations you visited at NAIT, plus the route(s) taken when arriving at and leaving those locations. Be prepared to provide this information to Alberta Health Services and/or NAIT Health Services upon request if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result. 
  • Keep NAIT Health Services updated with any COVID-19 test results and instructions from Alberta Health Services.

Returning to campus after you've been sick

Information for supervisors and instructors

If you are a supervisor or instructor who has been notified a staff member or student is sick: 

  • instruct the student or staff member to stay home or go home; being on campus sick puts others at risk
  • advise the person to take the Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 Self-Assessment and follow instructions from Alberta Health Services, if they haven’t already  
  • advise the person to complete a COVID-19 incident report if that person has COVID-19 symptoms and has been on campus or in close contact with a member of the NAIT community within the previous 14 days. Submit the form to healthservices@nait.ca as soon as possible.
    • Please complete the report on their behalf if they are unable to do so – at a minimum, provide the person’s name, the date they became sick and a contact phone number so that NAIT Health Services can follow up.
  • work with the student or staff member to manage that person’s absence from NAIT; remind full- and part-time staff that they can access their general illness leave for self-isolation.
  • learn more about NAIT’s Rapid Response Planning Framework and your responsibilities under the plan

Understanding your risk

You are at risk if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

A close contact of someone who has tested positive is someone who: A close contact is not:
  • provides care, lives with, or has close physical contact without appropriate use of personal protective equipment, or
  • comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids
  • comes within 2 metres of them for more than 15 minutes

*Source: Government of Alberta

  • momentary contact with someone while adhering to safety measures (including wearing a mask or face covering and practicing physical distancing)  
  • passing someone in a hallway 
  • a quick discussion or similar encounter under 15 minutes 

My classmate, colleague, family member, child or friend has started feeling sick but is not confirmed to have COVID-19. What should I do?

Determine if you were in close contact with this person. 

  • If no, continue coming to NAIT and following standard safety precautions, including physical distancing, wearing a mask or face covering, etc.   
  • If yes, continue coming to NAIT and following standard safety precautions, monitor for symptoms for 14 days, continue using the Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 Self-Assessment and follow directions if you develop symptoms 
  • If at any point you feel unwell, please do not come to campus.

My classmate, colleague, family member, child or friend has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

I have been in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What should it do?

Being in contact with a person who met a person who tests positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily put you at increased risk.

If you are concerned, take the Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 Self-Assessment and follow directions. You may continue coming to NAIT and follow standard safety precautions.

You can also use Alberta Health Services' COVID-19 Personal Risk Severity Assessment to assess your risk of experiencing severe health outcomes if you get COVID-19.