Province asks employers not to request health certificates during COVID-19 outbreak

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WINNIPEG –
Since many people isolate themselves and do not work at their place of work, the province urges employers not to require sick leave from their employees.

“We want to make it easy for sick people to stay at home. We also don’t want to burden our healthcare system unnecessarily by filling out notes for sick people, “said Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer.

The province said the health care system should focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and not on people’s notes.

The Manitoba government also urges employers to review their business continuity plans, if they have not already done so, and to take steps to ensure that employees can stay home when they are sick.

Health officials said new information has been shared with CancerCare Manitoba patients who are at higher risk of infection due to a weakened immune system.

The province is asking CancerCare patients with upcoming appointments or tests to call first.

It is said that dates for patients who are not receiving active cancer treatment can be changed if they are not urgent.

Patients with kidney disease are also at higher risk of infection.

The province said for patients who are doing well that their planned dialysis treatments are normal.

Patients with flu-like symptoms or patients who have returned from international travel in the past two weeks should call Health Links for an initial assessment. Those who feel uncomfortable must call their kidney unit before leaving the house.

This allows employees to create a patient care plan that prevents them and others from potentially being exposed to COVID-19.

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