Workplace & Employer Outbreak Information

COVID-19

Last updated September 24, 2021

Role of AHS| Role of Employee| Role of Employer| Workplace Outbreak| Additional Info| Financial Supports

All workplaces have different risks when it comes to the spread and impacts of COVID-19. The level of risk depends on many things, such as:

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to work together to keep workplaces, communities, and clients safe. Everyone has an important role to play in keeping workplaces safe.

All eligible Albertans should get immunized for COVID-19 to protect themselves, their families/friends/colleagues, and their communities. Book your appointment as soon as possible.

Role of AHS

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will notify all people diagnosed with COVID-19, complete a case investigation, and advise them of their requirement to isolate. AHS will determine if a case was at work while they could have spread COVID-19 to others and provide recommendations to the case to notify their employer.

AHS will not routinely notify employers about their workers who have COVID-19 unless a potential outbreak is identified. AHS will provide recommendations to employers if an outbreak is confirmed.

Role of Employee Who Tests Positive for COVID-19

Employees have a very important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at work. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are required to:

  • Complete a case investigation interview with AHS.
  • Follow all legal requirements for isolation including staying home from work and all other activities until their isolation period is over.

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be recommended to:

  • Tell their employer about their positive COVID-19 test results and the dates they worked while infectious. This information can help employers review measures they have in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and make adjustments to reduce the risk of spread in the workplace.
  • Notify their close contacts of their exposure to COVID-19 and share recommendations to reduce further spread of COVID-19.

Role of Employer

Employers and workplace operators have an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. They should carefully and continually consider how they can modify their operations and implement practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

Encouraging employees to get immunized for COVID-19 is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All full and part-time employees are eligible to have paid time away from work to get immunized if they are covered under Alberta’s Employment Standards Code.

Employers must ensure their workplaces are following all current public health restrictions.

Employees with symptoms are legally required to isolate at home and should be tested for COVID-19.

Employees are not legally required to disclose their COVID-19 status to their employers. However, employers should be aware that:

Employees who have COVID-19 are not permitted to attend the workplace or any public place until their legal isolation period is over. People with COVID-19 are required to isolate for at least 10 days. They will be advised by AHS of the date their isolation period will end.

After their isolation period is over, they can return to work.

  • A negative test result is not required for return to work.
  • AHS Public Health does not provide clearance letters for return to work for cases or close contacts.

Close contacts are at risk for developing COVID-19 and spreading it to others in the workplace. If an employee with COVID-19 had close contacts at work, consider their risk of exposing others, especially anyone who is elderly, immunocompromised, has chronic health conditions or is not immunized. Consider whether additional precautions or work restrictions are warranted for known close contacts. For additional information and recommendations for all close contacts, go to ahs.ca/infoforclosecontacts.

Keep health information about employees confidential unless given permission by the employee to share. Phone conversations should happen in a private area.

For more information about COVID-19 go to ahs.ca/covid. If you have questions about your health, you can call your health care provider or Health Link at 811.

Workplace Outbreak

If an outbreak is declared at a workplace, the AHS COVID-19 Outbreak Team will connect directly with the employer to discuss additional measures.

To help answer some questions you may have about outbreaks and how this will impact your workplace, refer to COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak FAQ.

Additional Information, Resources & Supports for Employers

Workplaces may also be contacted by AHS Environmental Public Health and/or Alberta Occupational Health and Safety for further support to provide an opportunity to review their current measures. These calls or visits are intended to be supportive in maintaining the health and safety of their employees and customers and in helping to support your continued operation. They are not meant to be punitive.

Financial Supports