As the pandemic progresses and the case numbers increase, we are seeing an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission across Saskatchewan including within workplace settings.
Timely identification, notification and isolation of contacts is a vital step in reducing the spread of the virus. If it has been determined that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 attended work while infectious, there is a potential risk that others in the workplace have been exposed. The employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be asked by Public Health to notify their employer in situations in which they attended work while infectious. In order to quickly decrease the risk of transmission to others, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will request the employers assistance in identifying and notifying individuals in the workplace that are at risk of exposure. The attached Workplace Contact Notification Toolkit has been created to assist in supporting this important public health response and to reduce the risk of ongoing transmission in workplaces and the broader community.
Prevention is more effective than responding to infection. Please routinely and proactively review your exposure control plans, hazard assessment, preparedness checklist and business continuity plans to identify areas of risk and implement mitigation measures. The toolkit includes links to resources to assist you in doing this.
Public Health will work collaboratively with workplaces in response to a case; this kit aims to make the process smooth and efficient to keep employees and your businesses safe.
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