Workers in Isolation – Health Assessments

by Nathan Couvillon

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.

 

Symptoms

  • 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

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