Test and Protect
Test, Trace, Isolate, Support - “Test and Protect”
Test and Protect is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. A full suite of guidance is available on the Scottish Government’s website.
Advice for employers on helping staff who need to self-isolate is also available.
Multi-sector guidance has been published. As part of this guidance, implementation of Test and Protect is now applicable to those making provision for funeral services.
In non-health and social care workplace settings, where Infection Prevention Control measures have been utilised, such as use of protective screens or use of PPE (visors, masks, gloves etc.) the contact tracer will conduct a risk assessment based on the level of PPE used, the level of exposure and whether the case, contact, or both, were wearing PPE, to decide whether an exposure should result in the recommendation of isolation of a contact. The priority of Test and Protect is public health and to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.
We cannot offer blanket assurances that certain workforces can be exempt from isolation, but if co-workers have been maintaining physical distancing, then they may have no or few close contacts. This is part of the discussion which takes place between a contact tracer and someone who has tested positive. If someone is within 2 metres without wearing a fluid resistant surgical mask, for a cumulative period of 15 minutes, or within 1 metre without respiratory protection for any length of time, they are at risk of infection and therefore within scope of being identified by contact tracers as a close contact of a positive case.
For more information, see Health Protection Scotland’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing in complex settings.