What is the procedure if a colleague/an employee is identified as positive for COVID-19?
What is the procedure if a colleague/an employee is identified as positive for COVID-19?Last update: 03/06/2022
If a colleague/employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and is at their workplace, they must immediately return home and self-isolate for 7 days (from the onset of symptoms or a positive test, if asymptomatic).
Asymptomatic contacts can continue to work and just need to take a PCR or antigen test on day 2 or 3.
An employer may not ask to be informed of the test result, which is a matter of medical confidentiality, in order to accept the employee’s return to work. Nor is it permitted to have tests carried out to determine whether employees are COVID-19 positive (advice from the CCIN, May 2020).