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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2: COVID-19 Update

On Wednesday, December 2, we were informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our workplace. The person is at home self-isolating, and we are thinking about them and wishing them a speedy recovery.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing our Sport Nova Scotia offices for a two-week period effective today (December 2) until December 17. During this time, Sport Nova Scotia staff will be working from home. We ask that all employees monitor their health and complete the online self-assessment if they present symptoms. 

Please note that provincial sport organizations still have the ability to access their offices during this time. If you have any questions, please contact our Manager of Human Resources, Dillon Rossat dross@sportnovascotia.ca.

The Nova Scotia Public Health guidelines for workplace exposures are below: 

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19

When anyone tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health contacts them directly. Public Health works with the person to identify all their close contacts and conduct a risk assessment to determine if any of their close contacts need to self-isolate.
Public Health directly contacts anyone who needs to self-isolate. In some cases, this means Public Health contacts the person's employer if they were at work when they might have been contagious.

If Public Health doesn't contact your workplace, that means they decided the risk to people in your workplace was low. You don't need to do anything if Public Health doesn't contact you and any employees who weren't directly contacted can continue going to work.

If an employee needs to stay home, their employer can't ask them for a doctor's note. The employee contacts their employer when Public Health clears them to return to work.

Employers don't need to close their business if one of the employees tests positive for COVID-19. They do need to make sure employees are monitoring their health.
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