The screening information below is intended for Providence Care Staff.
It’s essential we take the screening process seriously and continue to work together to keep all Providence Care sites safe places to work and receive care. We all can help make that happen by being appropriately screened before coming to work.
Please read the current staff guidance for the screening process at each site:
- Providence Care Hospital (updated 09/15/2023)
- Providence Transitional Care Centre (updated 09/15/2023)
- Community Services (updated 09/15/2023)
- Providence Manor (updated 09/15/2023)
Staff Access to PCR Tests
Staff experiencing symptoms will be required to complete a PCR self-test or rapid antigen tests (RATs). PCR self-testing is the recommended option as it identifies eight viruses including COVID-19, influenza, rhinovirus and RSV, and results within 24 hours, however rapid antigen tests may be used when PCRs are unavailable.
PCR self-tests are available at Reception on level 1 at Providence Care Hospital.
Staff may complete their COVID-19 PCR self-swab in their car or home and return the completed test same day during the timeframes above.
Rapid antigen test (RATs) pick-up locations:
Providence Care Hospital: Available at Reception.
Providence Transitional Care Centre: Available at Reception
Providence Manor: Available at Reception and in the staffing office on level 1
Community sites: Speak with your manager
If you are symptomatic, stay home and report to:
- Your manager
- OHSW: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at: 613-544-4900, ext. 53564
- Clinical Supervisor: for after hours, weekends and holidays at: 613-544-4900 ext. 51801.
- Staff Scheduling (if applicable)
- Symptomatic staff who test positive for COVID-19 (either by PCR or by RAT if PCR not available) may return to work on day 5 from symptom onset (or positive test date if asymptomatic), provided their symptoms have been improving, they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and had been cleared by OHSW to return to work.
- Symptomatic staff who test negative for COVID-19 (either by PCR or by 3 daily RATs if PCR testing not available), may return to work on a symptom-based approach, provided their symptoms are improving, they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and had been cleared by OHSW to return to work.
- Upon returning to work, symptomatic staff will be required to be on work isolation for 10 days after onset of their symptoms, which includes wearing an N95 respirator if working in a clinical area, or a well-fitted procedure mask if not working in a clinical area. All staff on work isolation must leave their respirator/mask on at all times, unless they are physically distanced from others before they remove their mask (for example, to eat or drink).
Questions? Know Who to Call and What to Do
- For non-urgent inquiries and information, please call IPAC during regular business hours Monday to Friday at: 613-544-4900 ext. 53563. DO NOT call this number if you are reporting an absence. Contact OHSW at 613-544-4900, ext. 53564
- For time sensitive issues/reporting evenings, weekends and statutory holidays contact the Clinical Supervisor at PCH at: 613-544-4900 ext. 51801 for guidance.