Clarification on 14-day Self-isolation for Health Care Workers
The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry provided clarification on the requirement for health workers to self-isolate for 14 days when returning from travel outside of Canada.
All health care workers must self-isolate for 14 days when returning from travel outside of Canada. An exception to this can be made if the worker is required to provide a critical function in providing care to residents, clients, or patients. While there isn’t a strict definition as to what “critical function” means, it would have to be a situation where care would be compromised without that worker.
If a worker is required to work within the 14-day period, they must take additional precautions and adhere to the following:
- Have no signs of illness
- Wear a mask in all contact with residents, clients, and patients
- Stay separate when they can from other staff (no lunches together with other staff)
- Self-monitor for symptoms
- Remain in self-isolation when not at work