Asymptomatic Ontario Hospital Workers Exposed to COVID Don’t Need to Isolate If They Test Negative | The Canadian News

The Ontario government says that hospital workers who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to stay home from work as long as they continue to test negative for the virus on a daily basis.

The province has made the recommendation in an effort to safeguard hospital staffing levels as COVID-19 cases rise due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says hospital workers who have been in contact with a positive case should undergo a PCR test as soon as possible and repeat the test on day 7.

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They also have to run rapid antigen tests every day for 10 days, and can only go to work if they remain asymptomatic and if all tests are negative.

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Alexandra Hilkene says that those with a family member testing positive for the virus should immediately take a PCR test and repeat it on days 7 and 14 or 15.

They should also perform a rapid test every day while the exposure to the COVID-positive household member is ongoing and for 10 days thereafter.

The government says that any hospital worker who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate at home until they have a negative PCR test result and their symptoms improve.

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