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Faculty of Health Sciences information about COVID-19

As a faculty that is involved in healthcare, our primary focus in any outbreak is the health and safety of the populations that we serve, and maintaining the working capacity of the healthcare institutions and organizations where we work. Given the rapidly-changing epidemiology of COVID-19, we are using this page to keep Faculty of Health Sciences faculty, staff and students up to date on our protocol.


Please note that, beyond Faculty of Health Sciences policies, faculty, staff and students are also subject to hospital and clinical regulations. Please ensure that you are up to date on the protocols and regulations of all institutions for which you are providing service.


» Updated Coronavirus Information from Queen's University

Questions?

The Faculty of Health Sciences has set up a Command Team that will adjudicate specific events and situations to determine whether they fall under the intent of our protocol. A joint Faculty-hospital exemptions committee has also been established to adjudicate scenarios where an individual is seeking an exemption from the travel protocol. In both cases, the committees will consult with Dr. Kieran Moore from our local public health authority as needed and will respond to inquiries with a directive on next steps.
 
Please send any questions to fhscomms@queensu.ca and they will be directed to the appropriate committee.

Travel & Event Protocol

Travel

The Faculty of Health Sciences has suspended all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for faculty, staff and students. Individuals considering personal travel for any reason are strongly discouraged from doing so.

 

For any student, staff or faculty member returning from travel outside Canada
All faculty, staff and students, upon return from travel outside Canada, must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work/class. This is in accordance with the Government of Canada’s recent directive.

 

For those who have returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days
For faculty and staff members who have returned from travel outside Canada within the last 14 days, you must complete what is remaining of 14 days of self-isolation from the date of your return to Canada.

 

For those who have upcoming personal travel outside of Canada
Managing our collective healthcare provider workforce properly is of paramount importance. To this end, we strongly recommend following the Public Health Agency of Canada’s advice to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

Do you need a letter for travel cancellation or insurance purposes?

Please complete the following form and we will process your request.
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Exemptions

For faculty members, we recognize that this may result in non-trivial clinical service disruptions in some circumstances. If a significant negative impact is anticipated as a result of the absence of the faculty member, and if the particular circumstances of the travel and the work environment collectively pose a low risk to patients and colleagues, then exceptions to the 14-day self-isolation directive may be issued through an exemption.

If you perceive a need for an exemption, please email fhscomms@queensu.ca with details on your specific circumstances. These requests will be adjudicated by a joint hospital-university committee and responses will be provided as quickly as possible.

What if I feel unwell but haven’t been travelling?

We can never be 100% certain who is sick around us with any virus. Follow the same infection control practices that you would at home and work: clean your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve or tissue that you discard, avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are feeling unwell, stay home. If you work in a clinical or hospital setting, please follow the directives of the institution where you are working.


Should events like research days, conferences and guest lectures be suspended?

Yes. Research days and other events like conferences and guest lectures should be suspended (cancelled or postponed). 

Should committee, departmental or intra-departmental meetings be cancelled?

Meetings with more than 10 people in attendance should be suspended or held online. In-person meetings with less than 10 people may proceed, using the following precautions:

  • Attendees should practice meticulous hand hygiene
  • Attendees should practice appropriate social distancing in the room to the extent possible
  • Attendees should self-screen per the protocol outlined by Public Health and the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Where possible, provide a remote option for those who are not able to attend in person

Information for students working in clinical settings

Since the spread of COVID-19 first began, the Faculty of Health Sciences has been closely monitoring the situation and consulting widely on an ongoing basis to make decisions around our learners. Things have evolved rapidly, and today, in alignment with our national counterparts, we have arrived at the decision to suspend clinical learning activities for medical students, nursing students, occupational therapy students and physical therapy students, as of the end of the day, Wednesday March 18, 2020. If you have concerns around completing documentation within this timeline, please contact your clinical supervisor.

This current suspension of clinical activity does not pertain to other learning activities that the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy may have underway, or may initiate in the future.

Importantly, this suspension does not apply to residents and fellows in the School of Medicine, or registered nurses who are in the Nurse Practitioner program.

We will be monitoring this situation on an ongoing basis in order to determine when learners will return to clinical settings.

For residents and clinical fellows who are part of Queen’s Postgraduate Medical Education programs, please see COVID-19 Information – For residents and clinical fellows in postgraduate medical education programs below.

 

Information for residents and clinical fellows in postgraduate medical education programs

With dual roles as healthcare providers and as trainees, the duties and responsibilities of residents and clinical fellows differ from those of students.

What should I do if I suspect that I have a COVID-19 infection?

Please take the following steps:

  1. If you are not seriously ill, call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. After hours, or if you do not have a health care provider, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit your health care provider or a walk-in clinic without calling ahead.
  2. If you are seriously ill, go the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital and advise of your recent travel or contact.

If you are required to stay at home or miss class, please follow standard procedures and report to your program office.

As a resident or clinical fellow, should I provide direct care to patients who have a suspected COVID-19 infection?

Yes. residents and clinical fellows are expected to continue to provide patient care where COVID-19 is suspected or under investigation:

  • COVID-19 is considered suspected in patients with symptoms (febrile upper respiratory illness NYD)
  • COVID-19 is considered under investigation if symptoms develop in a patient who has recently travelled from an affected area, or who has come into contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 infection

As a resident or clinical fellow, when should I disengage from providing patient care?

Residents and clinical fellows will be expected to continue to provide direct care to patients on their service in cases where COVID-19 is presumptive or confirmed, with the appropriate protection and supervision.

  • COVID-19 is considered presumptive if local serologic testing is positive
  • COVID-19 is confirmed when local positive testing is confirmed at the central national testing facility

The expected level of care delivery may vary across programs based on the skill set of the resident and the goals, objectives and/or competencies of the specialty. Whether the delivery of care by the resident or clinical fellow should discontinue is at the discretion of the attending physician, department/division chief and Program Director.

Further information about the role of residents and clinical fellows in public health emergencies can be found in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines which can be accessed here: https://cou.ca/reports/residents-and-public-health-emergency-preparedness-guidelines-2019/

As a resident or clinical fellow, what should I do if I suspect a COVID-19 infection?

Residents and clinical fellows who suspect a COVID-19 infection in a patient - based on appropriate symptoms AND recent travel to an affected area or contact with a confirmed case - should report this immediately to their direct clinical supervisor.

As a resident or clinical fellow, what infection control guidelines should I be aware of?

All residents and clinical fellows should use the following guidelines:

  • Always practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette and stay home if you’re sick
  • If you are a working in the hospital, ensure you have undertaken N95 mask fitting
  • Follow all hospital/clinic IPAC directives regarding infection control practices and be aware that should an outbreak occur, practices and guidelines will change accordingly

Where can I get more information about the role of residents and clinical fellows during public health emergencies?

The Council of Ontario Universities’ Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines can be accessed here: https://cou.ca/reports/residents-and-public-health-emergency-preparedness-guidelines-2019/

What is happening with qualifying examinations?

From the Medical Council of Canada (March 13, 2020)

As the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad continues to evolve rapidly, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I session scheduled from April 15 to May 15, 2020, and the MCCQE Part II scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2020.

At this time, we are asking candidates for the MCCQE Part I to wait before changing their scheduled exam appointment with Prometric. Further information on new dates will be provided as soon as we can. We understand the impact of this postponement on all candidates and will keep you updated as decisions on future exam sessions are made.

The MCC worked collaboratively with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), who are also postponing their upcoming exams, to ensure this decision considered both the risks as well as the impact on candidates of postponing our respective exams. By postponing, we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts of this virus on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

With this in mind, we have reached out to the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) and the Medical Regulatory Authorities (MRA), for reassurance that there will be no unnecessary delay in either providing provisional registration or extending educational licences for candidates impacted by the MCCQE Part II postponement. Candidates are encouraged to reach out to the relevant MRA regarding this.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will be announcing the new examination schedules as soon as reasonably possible. The timing of new examination schedules is under detailed review and will be guided by recommendations from public health authorities and the necessity of ensuring the health and safety of all involved. 

What is happening with CFPC Examinations?

From the College of Family Physicians of Canada (March 13, 2020)

After careful consideration, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has decided to postpone the spring 2020 Certification Examination in Family Medicine. This postponement applies to both the written (SAMPs) and performance (SOOs) components of our certification examination at all locations. The CFPC has been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 across Canada and around the world and has determined that postponing the exam is the most prudent way to ensure the health and safety of our candidates, examiners, examination staff, and volunteers.

This decision has been made in consultation with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada, which are also postponing their respective examinations. This is consistent with the advice of public health authorities to limit large public gatherings. We are also aware that many health care organizations and faculties of medicine have instructed their stakeholders to avoid non-essential travel. The CFPC is especially mindful that potential exposure to COVID-19 in the context of the examination could result in the quarantining of essential health care providers at a time when their communities need them the most.

The CFPC will announce the new examination schedule as soon as is reasonably possible. Among other things, decisions about the timing of the new examination schedule will be guided by recommendations from public health authorities and the need to ensure the health and safety of candidates, examiners, examination staff, and volunteers. As stated in the CFPC statement from March 10, 2020, exam fees paid for the spring 2020 sitting of the examination will be transferred (without penalty) to the next sitting.

The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and/or provincial colleges of physicians and surgeons are the authorities on the requirements for provisional and full licensure and/or registration to practise medicine in Canada. Should you have questions about licensure, you should contact your provincial college.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. If you have questions about the postponement of the examination, please contact ccfpexam@cfpc.ca.

What is happening with RCPSC Examinations?

From the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (March 13, 2020)

With the World Health Organization’s declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation in Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has had to postpone all exams, including the written exams for March and April, which will have an impact on oral exams this spring.

We regret having to make this decision and the understandable impact this may have. We are working with local university partners and resident groups (RDoCS and FMRQ) to deliver the exams as soon as feasible with no additional cost to you.

We are communicating with the provincial licensing Colleges to notify them of this change. The provincial Colleges have processes to license individuals that have completed training and have yet to take the exams. We will continue to work with them so to assist our candidates.

We worked collaboratively with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) to ensure this decision considered both the risks as well as the impact on candidates of postponing our respective exams. 

The decision was made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, in keeping with other national organizations.

We will update you as to our progress no later than April 1st, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact ceo@royalcollege.ca.

My examinations have been cancelled. What should I do with my exam study leave?

Residents should return to their home program and regular clinical duties in the interim. Any certifying exam study leave missed would be granted again when the exam schedule is clarified. Residents will be notified should the status of examinations change.

Do I have to go to work during a pandemic or crisis?

Residents have dual roles as both trainees and health-care providers. As members of the medical profession, we are all called upon to provide care to the best of our ability during a crisis. Sometimes this means taking on elevated personal risk.

Individual residents also have the right to refuse unsafe work. Certain residents may be considered higher risk, including those who have chronic respiratory disease, those who are immunocompromised, those who are pregnant, and those who cohabitate with any of the above. You are not expected to serve if you fall ill or become a vector for infection.

Am I entitled to personal protective equipment?

As frontline health-care providers you are entitled to all necessary PPE, and should be considered along with other health-care professionals for early access to preventative measures like vaccines. You have the right to refuse work if protective measures are inadequate.

Is there anything I should be doing now to prepare?

Keep your N95 mask fit card on you at all times. All residents are expected to be up to date with your mask fit test as previously outlined by the PGME Office. If you know that you cannot be fit properly due to religious or health reasons, contact your site director or program director now to understand how this will affect you work and training. Familiarize yourself with all site-specific protocols at your training site.

Do the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement rules still apply?

Every attempt will be made to respect the conditions outlined in the agreement. Work hour limits can be waived during a pandemic situation, if absolutely necessary.

Can I be redeployed from my regular rotation?

In emergency situations, residents can be deployed to areas of greatest need. Activities must remain appropriate to level of training and scope of practice and must be adequately supervised. It is possible that you may be quickly retrained to provide care outside of your usual scope. Patient safety is always the highest priority.
Principles of Redeployment of Residents and Fellows in Times of Exceptional Health System Need

What happens to my course of training?

Queen’s University’s goal is to make every effort to continue academic programs for residents with minimum disruption. Your site director, program director or program coordinator will issue updates in the event of any disruption to academic and clinical schedules. Every effort will be made to provide alternatives in the event of clinical or academic disruption that is appropriate to training level and program resources. If you are redeployed, consideration will be given to awarding credit for extraordinary service. All efforts will be made to avoid an increase in length of training. Where necessary extensions of training as a result of COVID-19 will be supported by PGME.

Training impact will be assessed on a case-by-case basis however it is reasonable to anticipate training extensions as the two week isolation in addition to the antecedent vacation are likely to result in inadequate assessment during the impacted experience. While we will try to mitigate this as best we can it will often not be possible. Also, all international Queen's related business/education travel is cancelled, including electives.

Could there be interruptions in salary or vacation?

Salary, benefits, and stipend entitlements continue during any pandemic. Due to extraordinary patient care needs, certain vacation requests may be denied or cancelled. Vacation days will continue to accrue as usual.

Residents should be aware that if they make a decision to travel for personal reasons and are subsequently required to self-isolate, then there may be salary implications.

I’m scheduled for an international elective. Will I still be able to go?

No. The Faculty of Health Sciences is suspending all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for all faculty, staff, and students.

I am currently on an elective. Do I need to return to Queen’s?

If you are currently on an elective in Canada, you should be aware that your the host institution may cancel your elective at any time. As the situation is changing rapidly, you are encouraged to monitor travel health notices and you may wish to end your elective experience early.

If you are currently on an elective outside of Canada, you should be aware that the Government of Canada is urging you to return home without delay while commercial options are still available. 

You should review the Travel and Event Protocol for the Faculty of Health Sciences for information about travel and mandatory self-isolation.

In addition, for those who work at KHSC, contact Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) to be screened for symptoms of a respiratory infection.

I am currently on a mandatory rotation at another university. Will this be cancelled?

At this time (March 16 2020), Queen’s University has not recalled its trainees from mandatory rotations elsewhere. You should be aware, however, that your host institution may cancel your rotation at any time. 

I have vacation time booked and am planning to travel outside of Canada. Will I still be able to go?

The Government of Canada is warning against all non-essential international travel and is urging citizens to return home without delay.

International travel by residents at this time is irresponsible and may have repercussions for other residents and staff in their program. You are strongly advised to consider your role as a physician and act both professionally and responsibly. Should you need to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return, your salary may be affected because of this personal decision and your training may be extended.

If you need a letter for travel cancellation or insurance purposes, please complete the request form on the Travel and Event Protocol for the Faculty of Health Sciences website.

Where can I find further information from Kingston Health Science Centre (the paymaster for all residents and fellows)?

Watch for further updates, FAQs and resources on the COVID-19 site of KHSC Now. Follow the link off the home page.

What wellness resources are available?

There are a variety of wellness resources available on the PGME Website.

What are my best sources of information as it relates to my role as a resident or clinical fellow?

This is an evolving situation and updates will change regularly. Your best sources of information regarding your training are:

  • Your Program
  • The Postgraduate Medical Education Office
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • PARO

What are the latest COVID-19 work alerts from PARO?

COVID-19 Work Alert #1

I expect to successfully finish my training on June 30. Will I be allowed to practice now that certifying exams have been postponed?

Yes. The Medical Regulatory Authorities (the CPSO in Ontario) are working to develop a process which will allow residents who have successfully completed their training and are eligible to sit their certification examinations to receive a licence allowing them to practice and receive a provincial billing number so that they can work. Please review the CPSO’s COVID-19 FAQs for Physicians for information on registration and licensure.

Will residents be involved in Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMPs)?

The following general guidelines have been established for situations occurring when aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs) are planned or anticipated to be performed on patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Only properly trained medical personnel with proper PPE should be involved in these procedures. Residents should not be involved if there are other opportunities for learning the competencies involved in these procedures. Residents should consult with their Program Directors for program-specific guidelines.

Information related to research

All research occurring in labs and facilities that can be discontinued for the 14-day period beginning March 24, 2020, as requested by the provincial government, must be discontinued immediately. Any essential research activity in labs or facilities that cannot be shut down for this timeframe must be reported to and approved by Vice-Dean Research, Steven Smith.

 

Any research activities that can be performed remotely are encourged, and may continue.

 

Please regularly monitor the VPR COVID-19 website for updated information. 

Please contact Dr. Steven Smith, steven.smith@queensu.ca at any time with questions.

  1. Each principal investigator engaged in lab-based, patient-oriented / clinical research and/or clinical trials is asked to provide a brief summary of their research plan for the foreseeable future (e.g., ongoing operation, maintenance of essential lab activities, pausing operations, and a contingency plan for what the lab will do if there is a full shut down) to the Office of the Vice-Dean Research, FHS / VP Health Sciences Research, KHSC / President & CEO of KGHRI (gladys.smith@queensu.ca) by Wednesday, 25 March 2020. This information will allow for ongoing tracking of research operations within the FHS and at KHSC and PCC.
  1. During the 2-week shutdown beginning March 24, 2020, all lab and facility-based research must be discontinued. The initiation of new experiments, studies or trials, is currently suspended.
  1. Where possible, research-related activities should be undertaken remotely from home. Trainees are encouraged to consult with supervisors for the contingency plan.
  1. Research groups must develop plans to delay and cease existing research activities within university and hospital facilities on short notice. Plans should be made for waste disposal and essential services, facilities and infrastructure needed to maintain research samples should be noted.
  1. For those performing animal-based research, please regularly check the VPR COVID-19 website. Relevant information includes:
    • There will be a decreased staff presence within the Animal Care Facility;
    • Animal breeding should be maintained to a minimum to sustain transgenic lines;
    • Ongoing studies can be completed, but no new studies are to be started;
    • Entry to the Animal Care Facility by researchers should be minimized;
    • Animal orders and import/export of rodent lines are currently suspended.
  1. Some supporting essential services associated with research operations within FHS will be maintained, including liquid nitrogen and solvent supply in Botterell Hall. Access to the DBMS supply centre, which is a self-serve operation that stocks many basic lab supplies, will remain open. Access to the supply centre is available by signing out the key from the DBMS main office (563 Botterell Hall) during regular office hours. However, the DBMS Biobar will be closed. We ask research personnel not to place orders through the Biobar portal that was set up by the companies until further notice. Rather, researchers should order their supplies and have the company ship directly to their labs.
  1. Important updates for researchers are available on the VPR COVID-19 website.
  1. Researchers engaged in patient-oriented / clinical research, community-based research and/or clinical trials should refer to Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospital Research Ethics Board COVID-19 Update and the General Research Ethics Board COVID-19 Update and queries should be directed to Jennifer Couture (jennifer.couture@queensu.ca). For all central REB (CTO, OCREB) studies, please reach out to CTO/OCREB directly for any queries. Relevant example directives include:
    • Unless the research study is providing a potentially essential treatment option with limited enrollment, enrollment of new participants into research studies at the KHSC and PCC should be suspended;
    • Research participants required to enter the hospital for research follow-up visits should be contacted ahead of time to ensure they have not recently traveled internationally (within 14 days) and are not showing any clinical symptoms of COVID-19;
    • Consideration should be given to whether in-person interactions can be reduced in frequency or be replaced by virtual interactions while maintaining the scientific validity of the protocol. Revised participant consent or consent addendums may be required;
    • Community-based research studies should be delayed or postponed, where possible.
  2. Access to KHSC (KGH and HDH sites) and PCC is restricted to essential visitors, which at present include active research participants who require entry for treatment or follow-up.
  3. Researchers whose abilities to access critical relevant participant research data and/or files are severely impacted by COVID-19 (e.g., restricted site access, site closure) should contact Jennifer Couture (jennifer.couture@queensu.ca) regarding HSREB policies and protocols.
  4. Please use email as a first method of contact with KGHRI staff. Queries specifically related to KHSC-based research should be sent to Veronica Harris-McAllister (Veronica.Harris-McAllister@kingstonhsc.ca), copying Steven Smith (Steve.Smith@kingstonhsc.ca) while those related to research at Providence Care Centre should be directed to Alison Philpot (philpota@providencecare.ca), copying Claudio Soares (Claudio.Soares@kingstonhsc.ca).

Class information for students

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Undergraduate Nursing
    All undergraduate nursing courses remain in session. Please refer to information from Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke with regards to the delivery of classes online.
  • Undergraduate Medicine
    All undergraduate medicine courses remain in session. Please refer to information from Drs. Tony Sanfilippo and Michelle Gibson with regards to the delivery of classes online.
  • Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Health Sciences
    All undergraduate life sciences, biochemistry and health sciences courses remain in session. Please refer to information from Dr. Louise Winn (Life Sciences, Biochemistry) and Dr. Michael Adams (Health Sciences) with regards to the delivery of classes online.


GRADUATE PROGRAMS

All graduate programs remain in session. Please refer to information from your program with regards to the deliery of classes online.

Graduate students in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy should refer to program and cohort specific information from Dr. Marcia Finlayson.

Graduate students in the School of Nursing including Healthcare Quality programs should refer to information from Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke with regards to the delivery of sessions online.

More information from the School of Graduate Studies

Important info for FHS regarding essential services - Mar. 24, 2020

Based on the provincial essential services declaration yesterday, all of our current activities are deemed essential and thus there is no need to change our operations. However, the medical officer of health in KFLA has indicated to Queen’s that the next two weeks is a critical juncture with many returning travelers. As such, we have decided to further reduce activities for the short-term while we plan for a new normal of social distancing over a much longer period.

As of today, and for a minimum of two weeks, we are entering an important phase where it is essential that we are hypervigilant about reducing interpersonal contact. The efforts that we make from here will have a dramatic impact on our ability to flatten the curve to protect our population and healthcare system.

Here is what you can expect within the Faculty of Health Sciences:

We will continue with our education mission, but through remote education.

All research occurring in labs and facilities that can be discontinued for the 14-day period requested by the government, to be done so immediately. Any essential research activity in labs or facilities that cannot be shut down for this timeframe must be reported to and approved by Vice Dean Steven Smith (steven.smith@queensu.ca). However, we fully encourage any research activities that can be continued remotely.

Most importantly many hundreds of our faculty are also front-line health providers, and they will be focusing most of their attention on this mission. Also, some health professionals who are teaching in our programs are working towards being re-deployed to clinical settings.

In order to maintain these important functions, almost all of our non-clinical staff, faculty and students will be working or studying from home. There may be a need for some staff, faculty or students to have a physical presence in one of our buildings or offices, but this should be very limited and extremely curtailed, for the next two weeks at a minimum.

This is a fluid situation and we will be monitoring directives from the province, and public health in order to determine next steps. We will be communicating with you regularly as we approach and move beyond this two-week directive.

Should you have specific questions, Queen’s Human Resources has developed an FAQ which will be updated in the coming days, starting tomorrow, to address issues related to the essential services declaration. The Queen’s FAQ for staff can be found here. Should you perceive the need for clarification or an exception to what is outlined above, please send an inquiry/request to fhscomms@queensu.ca. We have established an adjudication process for educational and research activities, with the team meeting frequently to provide direction.

Questions?

The Faculty of Health Sciences has set up a Command Team that will adjudicate specific events and situations to determine whether they fall under the intent of our protocol. A joint Faculty-hospital exemptions committee has also been established to adjudicate scenarios where an individual is seeking an exemption from the travel protocol. In both cases, the committees will consult with Dr. Kieran Moore from our local public health authority as needed and will respond to inquiries with a directive on next steps.
 
Please send any questions to fhscomms@queensu.ca and they will be directed to the appropriate committee.