Guidelines in the Advent an Individual Tests Positive for COVID-19
- As indicated in Phase 4 ramp-up, the risk of infection can be well-mitigated by following the recommended safety measures (including wearing a procedure mask at all times when working within 2-meters of others and when circulating in shared spaces at the Douglas, distancing, frequent hand-washing).
- All labs are required to maintain a daily log-book of personnel working in different lab spaces. This information will be critical in determining risk to different workspaces.
- Confidentiality of the person testing Covid-positive must be maintained by PIs, colleagues, and administration. However, the person who has received a positive test result may choose to share that information with their colleagues and their employer.
- More recent information indicates that risk of surface transmission is negligible and is further reduced by adhering to the safety measures listed above.
Steps to follow after getting a positive result
- Any employee or trainee who has received a positive COVID-19 test must follow Public Health guidelines and inform the administration of their leave of absence for medical reasons by sending an email to CR-Paie (CR_PAIE@douglas.mcgill.ca). The employees’ identity and medical information will be kept confidential by the administration.
- If an employee or trainee informs his/her supervisor about COVID-19 positive result, the supervisor must ask the person to stay home and follow Public Health guidelines. The supervisor must also inform CR-Paie (CR_PAIE@douglas.mcgill.ca). The supervisor will also be asked to report on the work areas used by the individual.
- The supervisor, without breaking confidentiality, may inform other team members about someone reporting COVID-positive results if they shared a workspace. People should be encouraged (but cannot be forced) to go for testing available on-site in the basement of the Douglas Hall. Tests can be obtained for free, without a referral, on a first-come, first-served basis. No additional precautions need to be taken by other team members, except watching for symptoms as usual.
- Contacts will be traced by Public Health when applicable and will be contacted by the members of this Agency. Tracing contacts is their responsibility. Supervisors should not trace contacts.
- The Health and Safety Committee will organize cleaning and disinfection of workspaces by CIUSSS staff. Following clean-up, lab persons who are not experiencing symptoms or have received negative results may go back to their work areas.
- Current Public Health guidelines indicate that people who receive a positive COVID-19 results should isolate only for 10 days and can return to work thereafter. Negative tests are no longer required for work reintegration.