Medical Staff Self-isolation

Symptomatic Medical Staff

Cases and persons under investigation (PUI) should remain isolated at home (see Appendix 1 for self-isolation considerations). Cases, with or without a history of travel, who have respiratory symptoms that can be managed at home, to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days after onset of their symptoms. After 10 days, if their temperature is normal and they feel better, they can return to their routine activities. Coughing may persist for several weeks, so a cough alone does not mean they need to continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days.

Healthcare workers with mild symptoms do not need negative testing to return to work, once their symptoms have resolved.


Interim Guidance: Public Health Management of cases and contacts associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community  

(Last updated: September 25, 2020)

Travel History

Island Health medical staff are not exempt from federal travel and quarantine requirements.  Please visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel, testing, quarantine and borders webpage for the most up to date information.


Medical staff are expected to determine if they are required to quarantine upon return from out of country travel and to work with their colleagues and their division and department heads to arrange coverage if required.

In the event that they are required to quarantine but not able to arrange coverage and are traveling for unavoidable reasons, medical staff may return to work if deemed essential. Determination as to who is essential will be made by the appropriate Executive Medical Director and the VP Medicine, or his delegate, on the advice of program leadership. These members of medical staff are expected to mask in the workplace, monitor for symptoms and be tested urgently should any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop.

Physician Quarantine

Payment for Physician who undergo MHO quarantine as a result of COVID-19 exposure:

Under the terms of the physician master agreement, payment is available for medical staff who undergo quarantine at the order of a Medical Health Officer. There is agreement at the Ministry of Health that the order to undergo quarantine may be issued by either the Provincial MHO or the local MHO.

Physicians who are required to undergo quarantine will be instructed by the DoBC how to apply for the funding. Physicians required to be quarantined should call DoBC for that advice.

A physician can access the funding for multiple quarantines.

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