Business Guidance: Employee Diagnosed with COVID-19

This guidance is for employers of individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test result from a test at a testing clinic. If someone tests positive using a rapid antigen test, they must self-isolate, and should go to a testing clinic to confirm their test result.

The employee will be contacted by public health nursing and advised of their test result, the requirement to isolate and to notify their close contacts and employer.

Please follow the direction provided below. To preserve the limited capacity of Health PEI testing clinics, only those directed or advised to do so should go to a testing clinic.
  • If the employee did not work during their infectious period: (Infectious period is 48 hours prior to symptoms starting, or the positive test if no symptoms)
    • This means no exposure at worksite and other staff members are not contacts and do not require testing.
  • If the employee did work during their infectious period:
    • Scenario A:  Employee works alone, consistent mask use and is physically distanced (at minimum 6ft) from coworkers for the duration of the work shift. Other staff members are casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms
    • Scenario B:  Employee keeps mask on during all interactions with coworkers, meal breaks are taken alone. Other staff members are casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms.
    • Scenario C:  Employee does not keep mask on during interactions with coworkers such as shared meal breaks. Other staff members are close contacts.

Casual contacts do not require immediate testing, can continue to work scheduled shifts and must monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately isolate and get tested at testing clinic.  

Guidance for close contacts can be found here, including for the 10 days after exposure, monitoring for symptoms, working from as much as possible, or when at work, practicing physical distancing especially when eating or drinking, and for those who live/work or access services in a vulnerable setting, testing advised on day 4. 

Positive cases are required to isolate for 7 days (fully vaccinated) or 10 days (unvaccinated or partially vaccinated).

Masks should be medical grade or 3 layer with a filter per CPHO guidance.

Business Closure

Unless otherwise directed by the Chief Public Health Office, a business does not have to close as the result of an employee testing positive for COVID-19. If a business is required to close, specific direction will be provided by the Chief Public Health Office.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection

If the business has been following regular cleaning and disinfection, no additional measures are required. If regular cleaning has not occurred, surfaces which the positive case may have contacted should be cleaned and disinfected immediately. It would be a best practice to continue the enhanced cleaning and disinfection to all surfaces in the business that have been touched by the positive case.

As an employer, what should I do if a worker has tested positive for COVID-19 that could be the result of an exposure at the workplace?

If a worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 that could be related to an exposure at the workplace, please see information for employers prepared by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB).


Published date: 
April 19, 2022
Health and Wellness

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Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121