The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has released guidelines for all employees regarding sick leave during coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and quarantine period, which were implemented yesterday.
- Employees who tested positive for Coronavirus:
The Ministry stated that if an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the coronavirus analysis (PCR) test indicates that he has an active (infectious) infection, he must be put under sufficient isolation for at least 14 days, and if the test result shows that the employee has a non-infectious infection, he must be placed under appropriate isolation for 7 days, and the “Ehteraz” app will be red for the duration of the health isolation, meaning that the time of isolation is called “sick leave,” and if the case is needed to enter the hospital and the isolation period is prolonged for more than 14 days, the whole period will be considered “sick leave” before the disease is recovered.
- Employees who are vaccinated or contacted the virus in the last 6 months:
The Ministry also explained the classifications for employees who have had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. If the employee has been completely vaccinated or has contracted the COVID-19 virus in the previous six months and meets the Ministry of Public Health’s definition of close contact, he will be excluded from quarantine, as long as the Coronavirus (PCR) test results are negative. The employee shall and shall self-quarantine for a day until the test result appears, and he shall continue to monitor himself for any symptoms similar to COVID-19 during the next 14 days.
- Employees who are NOT vaccinated and did not contract the virus in the last 6 months:
Employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have never had the disease, who are in close contact with a person who has an active (infectious) COVID-19 infection and meets the Ministry of Public Health’s definition of close contact, must be subjected to appropriate quarantine for a period of 14 days, while employees who have contact with a person who has had the disease before must be subjected to appropriate quarantine for a period of 14 days, while employees that come into contact with a person who has a COVID-19 infection that is reactive (non-infectious) will be quarantined for 7 days, and the “Ehteraz” app will be yellow for the duration of the quarantine.
During the quarantine time, workers must keep an eye out for any signs of COVID-19 symptoms. If the status of the EHTERAZ app changes to green again at the end of the quarantine period and after confirming no infection with COVID-19 disease via a Coronavirus test (PCR), the employee will return to work. This period is referred to as “the quarantine period” by the Ministry of Public Health, and it is not considered sick leave, but rather work from home.
The Ministry of Public Health encourages all workers to follow preventive measures in the workplace, and employers must provide a safe work environment for their employees, including sufficient work space and good ventilation, in compliance with the Ministry of Public Health’s guidelines.