As you are aware, the Government's guidance is that individuals should self isolate if they:
- Display symptoms of COVID-19
If an individual develops any coronavirus symptoms however mild, they must stay at home for 10 days from the start of their symptoms and arrange to be tested. They must stay at home until they get the results of their test and then follow the advice given, based on the result.
- Positive COVID-19 test
People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 10 days from the point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic.
- Live in same household with someone displaying symptoms of COVID-19
If an individual lives with someone who has symptoms, they need to stay at home for 10 days from the start of those symptoms even if they don't have symptoms themselves.
When the household member is tested and the result is negative, arrangements can be made for the employee to return to work, provided no other household members are symptomatic.
If one member of the household tests positive then all other household members must isolate for 10 days, irrespective of any negative test result for the other householders.
If they subsequently develop symptoms within the 10 days, they need to stay at home until they receive their test results then follow advice given based on the test result.
- Have been contacted by an NHS contact tracer as they have been in contact with someone who has a positive test result
The NHS will ask people who do not have symptoms, but have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed by testing to have the virus, to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. Individuals must follow the advice from NHS/contact tracing and irrespective of any negative test result must self-isolate for the full period of 10 days.
- Return from travelling to a country that is not specifically exempt from quarantine arrangements
Individuals returning from a country that requires them to self-isolate must remain in isolation for the full 10-day period, irrespective of a negative test result. See guidance on leave arrangements associated with quarantine periods.
Depending on the role of the employee, they may be contacted by Falkirk Council to discuss testing arrangements.
Recording self-isolation periods
It is essential to ensure that self isolation periods are recorded on MyView to allow you to monitor when employees may be available for work or to support the testing process. This is particularly important in areas of critical service delivery. Guidance on updating MyView is available, see How to update absences in MyView.
This absence should be recorded under one of the following categories as appropriate:
- Self-isolating – Unable WFH
- Self-isolating – WFH
- Sick/Infected – Unable WFH
- Symptomatic – WFH
The recorded end date should reflect the anticipated end date of the employee’s self isolation and should be updated if their circumstances change.
You must continually monitor who in your team is self-isolating and when they become available for work. This will allow you to plan for their return to work and allocate work accordingly.
You will be able to monitor this by accessing your team leave calendar in MyView and as follows:
- On your Dashboard homepage, select the My People tab
- The Team Selector screen will appear
- Do not select an employee at this stage
- Click on the My Team Absence option found at the left hand side of the screen
- The Time Management Team Selection screen will appear
- Select any employee by clicking in the circle field which appears before the employees name
- Click on the purple Next button found in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
- The events calendar will appear for the selected employee
- Click on the purple View Team Calendar button
- The team calendar will appear
- Select the COVID-19 button only to allow you to see those whose absence is linked to this and self isolating.