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If someone tests positive for Covid-19 at work do all other employees need to be tested?

Answer: 

If an employee tests positive, all other employees in the business will need to be interviewed in order to assess their level of exposure and whether they need to be quarantined or not.

The employee should be they should be tested if they:

  • have been in close contact (less than 1m for more than 15 minutes) with the positive employee,
  • displays Covid-19 symptoms, and/or
  • they are older than 55 yrs and have comorbidities

If they are younger than 55 yrs old and have no comorbidities, they must be sent home for self-isolation.

If the employee has been in close contact with the infected employee without adequate PPE but has no Covid-19 symptoms, they must be sent home for self-quarantine for 10 days - starting from the last date of contact with the employee.

If they begin to show symptoms they must be tested.

If an employee was in close contact with the positive employee but was wearing PPE and has no Covid-19 symptoms, or if an employee has not been in close contact with the positive employee and has no Covid-19 symptoms, they may continue working, but should self-monitor for 10 days. If they begin to show symptoms, they should be managed accordingly.

If clusters of employees are tested positive, the whole relevant shift may have to go into quarantine and be asked to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms.

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