You are able to return to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis once it has been determined that at least 10 days have elapsed since symptom onset and all symptoms (except lingering dry cough) have resolved.
Those asked to self-isolate, as a close contact to a person infected with COVID-19, are able to return to work on a date provided to them by Public Health, typically 14 days following the date of their last exposure.
Return to work letters
Public Health does not routinely issue return-to-work letters for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or close contacts who are self-isolating.
Negative COVID-19 testing after COVID-19 diagnosis
A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to work following COVID-19 illness or for someone identified as a close contact.
Workers who were infected with COVID-19 are cleared to return to work by Public Health when at least 10 days have elapsed since symptom onset, and all symptoms (except lingering dry cough) have resolved.
People should not be re-tested after a diagnosis of COVID-19, unless specifically advised to do so by Public Health as evidence shows that the test may remain positive long after the risk of spreading COVId-19 to others has ended.
Negative COVID-19 testing after self-isolation as a Contact
A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to work following self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.
Workers, who were a close contact to a COVID-19 case, are cleared to return to work by Public Health 14 days following the date of their last exposure.
When is a negative COVID-19 test required to return to work?
Employees with new onset of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness (GI) illness that is not explained by another known illness should self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19. Use the BC Self Assessment Tool to determine if you need to get tested.
If this test is negative, employees may return to work after symptoms resolve.