The test and trace system is now live. It means anyone with coronavirus symptoms can be tested, the service informs contacts of any need to self-isolate, and requires individuals who test positive to share that fact with close recent contacts.
Here’s what you need to know:
- If an employee is notified that they have had contact with an infected person, they will be told to remain at home for 14 days from the most recent contact. They will be eligible for SSP during that period unless they can work from home or take holiday.
- An employee told by the test and trace service to remain at home will receive a notification which they can show you as evidence of the fact they need to self-isolate (and which can be used by you to claim under the SSP rebate scheme). You should not encourage them back into work until the 14 days has expired.
- Employees with coronavirus symptoms should be encouraged to alert colleagues they’ve been in contact with within the previous 48 hours. Those colleagues must avoid individuals at high risk of contracting coronavirus, take extra care to socially distance, watch out for symptoms and maintain good hygiene.
- The test and trace service will ask your employee to share a positive test result with close recent contacts. The service will liaise with particular visited sites including care homes and notify contacts who need to self-isolate.
- The app is still in testing stage but when available you’ll be able to ask your employees to download it to minimise the risk of them contracting and spreading coronavirus, particularly where they have travelled on public transport.
All of the above should be included within your ‘safe return to work policy’. If you don’t already have one in place, click here to purchase ours.