COVID-19 Physician Travel Screening

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As part of our protocols related to COVID-19, Medical Affairs is following-up with any physician who travels outside of Canada to ensure the appropriate screening process takes place for their return to work.  Please note that this additional step is being implemented out of an abundance of caution and is not a permanent change to our process.

  • If you travel outside of Canada and are fully vaccinated you are not required to quarantine following your return to Canada from abroad. To allow your return to work without quarantine you must meet federal requirements:
  • be fully vaccinated -  have received the full series of a vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada
  • test negative for covid-19 on arrival
  • be asymptomatic

Please contact Medical Affairs at MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca to confirm your clearance to return to work prior to your first scheduled shift.

  • If you travel outside of Canada and you are not fully vaccinated (have not received the full series of a vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada) you  must advise Medical Affairs following your return home and you must self isolate for 14 days unless you are deemed “critical to the operations”. Please complete the online screening form prior to coming to work. The form will provide you with the next steps based on your responses.
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1 - Have you traveled in the past 14 days outside of Canada? *
1 - Have you traveled in the past 14 days outside of Canada?
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1 - Asymptomatic and fully vaccinated Mackenzie Health physicians are not required to quarantine following return to Canada from abroad. To allow your return to work without quarantine you must meet federal requirements, additional conditions may apply. Please contact MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca to confirm your clearance to return to work prior to your first scheduled shift.

2 - Asymptomatic and not fully vaccinated Mackenzie Health physicians who have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days should self-isolate for 14 days, starting from their arrival in Ontario, unless they meet the criteria to be deemed critical to operations by Medical Affairs.

If you answered YES to question #1 confirming your travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days and you are asymptomatic,  self-isolate at home and contact Medical Affairs directly prior to your first scheduled shift. Medical Affairs will determine whether you currently meet the criteria to be deemed critical to operations. If deemed critical to operations and you are required to work within 14 days of returning from travel, you may do so under Self isolate while Working, however you cannot directly care for patients aged 65 and older during the 14 day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.

  • If deemed critical to the operations by your manager and you are asymptomatic, you may report to work with the following recommendations:
    • self-monitor for respiratory symptoms for 14 days following your return home (use the self-monitoring tool)
    • work self-isolate
    • wear proper PPE when at work
    • keep an appropriate physical distance from others whenever possible
    • follow proper hand hygiene
    • do NOT provide direct care for patients aged 65 and older during the 14 day period that begins on the day you enter Canada
  • If your manager advised you otherwise and you do not meet the criteria to be deemed critical to operations at the moment, remain at home and self isolate for the 14 days upon your arrival to Ontario. You may return to work following your 14 days isolation provided you are asymptomatic.

3 - Symptomatic Mackenzie Health staff regardless their vaccination status who have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days should self-isolate for 14 days starting from their arrival in Ontario and get tested for COVID-19. If their test result is negative, staff deemed critical to operations by their manager may report to work 24 hours after their symptoms are resolved while  work self-isolating at work and self-monitoring for symptoms for the remainder of 14 days period, and do not provide direct care for patients aged 65 and older during the 14 day period that begins on the day they enter Canada.

If you answered YES to question #1 confirming your travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days and you developed any COVID-19 related symptoms upon your return (including and not limited to, fever (>37.8), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, difficulty swallowing, new olfactory or taste disorder(s), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia), you will require COVID-19 testing. Please contact MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca or the booking office at ext. 2004, and proceed for a testing appointment at the Mackenzie Health Assessment Centre. You may also use the SMARTScheduling feature in MyChart to book your appointment online (https://mychart.mackenziehealth.ca). Notify Medical Affairs once the test is performed by emailing MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca. Medical Affairs will review your results and provide you with further instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach us at ext. 7452 or at MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca.

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  1. If you answered NO to question #1, confirming that during your vacation in the past 14 days you haven’t traveled outside of Canada and you are asymptomatic, you’re cleared to return to work.
  2. If you develop any COVID-19 related symptoms (including and not limited to fever (>37.8), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, difficulty swallowing, new olfactory or taste disorder(s), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia), regardless their vaccination status, please do NOT come to work. You will require COVID-19 testing. Follow the “call in sick” protocol, contact the booking office at ext. 2004 and proceed for a testing appointment at the Mackenzie Health Assessment Centre. You may also use the SMARTScheduling feature in MyChart to book your appointment online (https://mychart.mackenziehealth.ca). Notify Medical Affairs once the test is performed by emailing MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca. Medical Affairs will review your results and provide you with further instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach us at ext. 7452 or at MedicalAffairs@MackenzieHealth.ca.

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If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Medical Affairs at ext. 7452 or at Medical.Affairs@MackenzieHealth.ca.

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