COVID-19 Physician Travel Screening

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Based on recommendations from the Ministry of Health, all non-essential business travel outside of Canada is strongly discouraged. 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 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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A - Asymptomatic 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 Medical Affairs 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 Medical Affairs 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.

B - Symptomatic 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 and get tested for COVID-19. If their test result is negative, physicians deemed critical to operations by Medical Affairs 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 the 14 day 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 Medical Affairs to book 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). Please notify Medical Affairs after you have taken the test to review your results and provide you with further instructions.

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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), please do NOT come to work. You will require COVID-19 testing. Please contact Medical Affairs at Medical.Affairs@MackenzieHealth.ca or at ext. 7452.
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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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