CMO Says Deep-Cleaning Closures Not Necessary

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The Health Ministry has said workplaces do not need to close or send home staff if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie said that information is contained in the new draft workplace protocol being developed by the ministry.

She said if a worker tests positive, that person should remain at home for at least 14 days.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie said the contacts of persons who have tested positive do not need to be sent home if they have been adhering to the infection prevention and control measures, such as wearing their masks and sanitising.

She added that persons must get used to the fact that they will be at work with persons who could possibly have COVID-19.

She said transmission of COVID-19 can be prevented if strict protocols are adhered to, such as the wearing of masks and sanitisation of surfaces and hands.

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