Dr. Roshan Parasram

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram

Persons place under home quarantine do not need to provide their employers with a sick leave certificate upon returning to work.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram, all that is required is letter of quarantine.

Speaking on the issue of discharge criteria for quarantined persons at the daily virtual COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Parasram said home quarantine are for persons who may have been exposed to a suspected case or a confirm case and is asymptomatic.

He said such an individual is not positive and is not a patient with symptoms of the virus.

Parasram stated that in such instances the individual would have received a form from the County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) office with a start date. And 14 days after that start date, once the individual remains without symptoms during the period, they’re now free to go back to work or to other activities outside of their home.

He said the quarantine letter signed by the CMOH or his/her agent is what the individual would use as clearance to return to work and what they would give to their employer as valid documentation that they would have completed the quarantine period.

“You do not need a sick leave certificate as you would not have been ill and you do not need a fitness for duty."

He said persons exposed would have been placed in quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus in the event they end up testing positive.

However, in sharing the discharge criteria for persons placed under home isolation, Parasram said the issue of sick leave comes into play.

“These are the person as at August 24 that would have been allowed to stay home when they had a positive diagnosis of the virus.

“For persons that have symptoms (symptomatic) there’s a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms. So from the date you first have symptoms, you count 10 days from that point. You add three days, meaning you have no signs and symptoms for three additional days. Plus you have an additional seven days, giving you a minimum period of 20 days that someone can be asked to stay at home for.

He said if the person’s symptoms last longer than 10 days then the number of the days the person displayed symptoms for would be taken before the three and then seven days are added.

“In this case the CMOH office would give you a form. For the period you’re ill they would give you a sick leave certificate to cover that period, and a release from quarantine form, which you can use to go back to work.”

He said for asymptomatic cases, where people displayed no symptoms but later showed to be positive after being swabbed, the procedure is quite similar.

“We are asking that they stay at home for 10 days from the date the swab was taken, plus an additional seven days.”

Parasram said like the symptomatic cases, asymptomatic patients are also entitled to a sick leave certificate and a release from quarantine form for their employers.

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