As cases continue to rise in Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) would like to ensure that all employers understand isolation requirements for staff that test positive for COVID-19 or who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. Please refer to the AHS website for clear instructions: Isolation and quarantine requirements
Positive test result:
If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they MUST isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptoms develop or when symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They must not return to work within this 10-day period, even if symptoms are not present, and if they continue to exhibit symptoms after the 10-day period, they must continue to isolate, even if symptoms are mild.
If a staff member is a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, they are legally required to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms from the time they were exposed. If they exhibit a known COVID-19 symptom during this time, they must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until they are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
Isolation rooms in Banff:
On November 30, the Town of Banff announced it would be opening additional isolation space for certain Banff residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
Emergency housing will be available from December 1 to qualified Banff residents who:
- live in a shared accommodation, and
- have tested positive to COVID-19, or
- have been notified they have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.