Yesterday, Premier King and Dr. Morrison announced some significant changes to public health restrictions:
Key points include lifting of the vax pass system on Feb. 28, and changes to close contact isolation rules beginning today. For some of you, the changes may affect whether you need to isolate outside of work.
Health PEI received notice of these changes at the same time as the general public, and as such, we are still working through how changes will affect our work isolation requirements.
However, until protocols are updated, those who are designated as close contacts for any reason must continue to follow the same work-isolate and contact tracing protocols at work as we have for the past several weeks.
As a health system, we will always have certain requirements that differ from the general public as we protect our workforce and the vulnerable patients and residents we care for. For example, even before the pandemic, mask use was far more common in health care than in the general public. We may also be slower to remove some protocols until we are confident that our staff and patients are no longer at risk.
We expect to have updated work-isolation protocols available to you soon, which will be shared via email and posted to the Staff Resource Centre.
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