News Release What to do if your employee tests positive for COVID-19

January 12, 2022

What to do if your Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

As an employer, you have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and must take every reasonable precaution to keep your workplace healthy and safe.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, it is no longer feasible for Public Health to continue contact tracing among the general public. Individuals who test positive are asked to notify their close contacts and their household members. The same applies to workplaces.

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and there is a possibility of a workplace exposure, they must notify you immediately. This infosheet provides guidance on what your employee needs to do if they test positive for COVID-19.  

Just as an employee is required to notify you of a positive COVID-19 test and potential exposure at the workplace, you are required to report the exposure to WorkSafeNB. The employee’s name must be kept confidential, except when the disclosure is necessary to identify close contacts in the workplace or required by law. Any personal information that you collect, use, or disclose must be limited to the minimum amount necessary. We have developed this simple reporting tool for you.

A positive workplace exposure may generate questions by your employees and they will be looking to you for leadership. This infosheet will provide them with guidance.

We strongly encourage you develop a communicable disease prevention plan to learn what measures to put in place to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in your workplace. It is important to note that WorkSafeNB may require a written plan, depending on circumstances observed during inspections and investigations. More information is available here.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping New Brunswick workers healthy and safe.  

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