MEDICAL STAFF UPDATE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH
The Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer issued a new Physicians' Update on March 20th. Included in the update:
- The time required for self-isolation of cases (confirmed or clinical) whose symptoms have resolved has been reduced to 10 days from onset of symptoms (infectious period);
- The time required for self-isolation of contacts or returning travellers remains at 14 days (incubation period);
- Patients with mild respiratory symptoms should not be tested, but must self-isolate at home for 10 days and seek healthcare if respiratory symptoms worsen;
- A test of cure is no longer required. Cases may return to their routine activities 10 days after symptom onset if their symptoms, other than cough, have resolved. Chronic cough may persist for a few weeks but cases are no longer infectious to others.
- As well, pregnant women in their third trimester have been added to the list of symptomatic individuals who will be tested.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.