Absences due to COVID-19
The City’s Sickness and Accident (S&A) process has been updated to align with recent guidance from the Government of Alberta regarding absences due to COVID-19.
Note: If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms and illness and you are not able to work from home, please continue to submit the Confirmation of Illness form for absences that exceed more than 5 days of work missed, as per current process until July 24, 2022.
The summary below outlines what employees should do if they are feeling unwell. You can also use the self-assessment tool for easy guidance. Employees should consider completing the self-assessment before the start of their workday or shift if they feel unwell or have recently tested positive for COVID-19. The assessment can also be completed on behalf of someone else. This assessment tool is voluntary to use and does not collect any personal information.
- have tested positive for COVID-19 or
- are symptomatic with flu-like symptoms (and it is not a worsening of allergies or a pre-existing condition),
contact your supervisor to discuss next steps.
If you can work from home and are well enough to work, please do so if you have a properly set up work area and access to your work. If at any time you are getting worse, please let your supervisor know and stop working totake care of yourself. If you miss more than five consecutive days of work (or two days if you are a firefighter on a 24-hour shift), you will need to submit a Confirmation of Illness form. Please note that effective July 25, 2022, an Attending Physician’s Statement may be required and the Confirmation of Illness form will no longer be accepted. Details of the S&A process can be found here.
If you are not able to work from home due to the nature of your role or the severity of your symptoms, please stay home and take care of yourself. If you miss more than five consecutive days of work (or two days if you are a firefighter on a 24-hour shift), you will need to get an Attending Physician’s Statement completed. Details of the S&A process can be found here.
If you are a household contact of someone who has a confirmed COVID case, you do not need to isolate, but you should:
- Take precautions such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing or sanitizing your hands often.
- Monitor yourself for the next 7 days for any COVID-19 symptoms. These could be as mild as a headache, nausea, or fatigue. If you develop symptoms, complete the self-assessment. Please refer to the Government of Alberta’s website for best practices on isolation.