The following are guidelines and actions for an employee who is
asymptomatic but has been exposed, or potentially exposed, to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Exposure includes when someone:
- on the team tested positive
- in the building tested positive
- in the workplace has symptoms of COVID-19
- at home or community has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
Although concerns about potential exposure is understandable, employees who do not have symptoms of illness are expected to attend work as usual.
The Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre (PWHCC) Occupational Health Nursing Team works closely with Public Health and Medical Health Officers to investigate confirmed cases. Learn more about the
contact tracing process
Public Health (on behalf of the Medical Health Officer) contacts any potentially impacted staff (and their managers). They will advise you of the next steps.
If you are contacted and informed that you are involved in a workplace exposure:
- Self-monitor for up to 14 days
- If directed to self-isolate, please refer to
self-isolation guidelines on BCCDC’s website
- If you get ill during self-isolation, refer to the sections on this page related to either: You have a positive COVID-19 test or
You have mild respiratory illness (possibly COVID-19)
If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19:
- If exposed outside of work call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1
- If exposed at work, call the PHSA COVID-19 Resource line at 604-875-2155, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep your manager informed of your return-to-work status.
If self-isolation is required:
- If asymptomatic, select Option 2 (COVID-19) and then, enter the number of days of self-isolation.
symptomatic, select option 3 (illness) and then enter the number of days of self-isolation
Staff who are unsure about returning to work can call the PHSA COVID-19 Resource Line:
- 1-833-875-2155 (toll free) or 604-875-7244
- Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you are
asymptomatic and have been advised by the PWHCC and/or the Medical Health Officer (MHO) to isolate or get tested, you (self-serve employee), or your scheduler/timekeeper, should code your time as follows.
- FT/PT Reg - Paid General Leave
- Casual – General LOA with compensation for any accepted shifts that were cancelled.
- FT/PT Reg - General Paid LOA
- On-Call - General LOA (100% of average earnings over preceding three months of employment. Your manager needs to email
HR@bcehs.ca with dates employee will be off)
If test is completed and is positive for COVID-19, see
Positive COVID-19 Test on this page.