August 13, 2021by Israel Foulon LLP
On August 11, 2021, the Ministry of Health released guidelines and resources related to managing COVID-19. Although the guide is intended for use by Provincial Public Health Units, these resources are particularly useful for workplaces as they provide concrete answers to questions that many employers have been asking since the outset of the pandemic.
The guidelines include steps for what an individual should do if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as the procedures that members of their household must take. You can review the flowchart regarding procedures for individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVD-19 HERE.
The detailed guide begins with the most recent updates regarding procedures for fully immunized individuals and previously positive individuals. Specifically, there is guidance regarding fully immunized individuals or those who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and who now have symptoms. Moreover, the guide provides instructions for how to manage individuals who are awaiting COVID-19 test results, including how to manage false positive/false negative results and if any isolation is required. Further, there are procedures for how to manage individuals who are asymptomatic with a high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Finally, the guide includes various tables with information regarding contact management methods for workplaces, managing testing results, and follow-up required. You can review the detailed guide HERE.
Take Away for Employers
We recommend that employers review the Ministry of Health resources and update their COVID-19 Workplace Policies accordingly. These resources are one tool to assist employers in taking all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of their workers and workplace, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
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