Workers in Isolation – Health Assessments
- Process developed so that third-party* can perform twice daily health assessments on workers when there are positive cases, symptomatic, unvaccinated or immunocompromised individuals
- *third-party may also include employer-provided health personnel provided they comply with the criteria in this guidance, including providing information directly to the local public health unit
- Assess physical and general mental well-being status
- Upon identification of a case, an initial assessment must be undertaken to assess the health status of the IAW (physical and general mental well-being status);
- For cases and symptomatic individuals, an in-person health check daily by the third-party is required, followed by a phone or text check-in later in the day;
- For asymptomatic close contacts, ensure that at a minimum, twice daily phone or text health assessments are conducted by the third-party health provider. Should an IAW report feeling unwell or symptomatic, begin in-person assessments followed by phone or text.
- For the purposes of return to work after isolation, the third-party conducting health checks should conduct an exist assessment and report to the PHU the health status of the IAW to ensure any symptoms have cleared.
- Where Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are being performed, a third party must be used and ensure that translation supports are available.
- Regulator symptoms (24 hours symptom free)
- GI – gastrointestinal symptoms (48 hours symptom free)
- Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, decrease in smell or taste
- Two or more of: runny nose or nasal congestion, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscles aches or joint pain, vomiting / diarrhea
Close Contact Exposure & Testing
- Recommended testing on / after day 3 from last exposure to a positive case
- PCR recommended or a RAT on day 4 and 5
- Two negative RATs collected 24-48 hours apart are required for confirmation of a negative result