The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new return-to-work criteria for healthcare workers. Supported by Intermountain’s Infectious Disease team, the following guidelines are effective immediately for caregivers:
If you are a symptomatic caregiver with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19:
Based on a symptom-based strategy, you cannot return to work until:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery: this means no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If you are a caregiver with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case who has not had any symptoms:
Based on a time-based strategy, you cannot return to work until:
- 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming you have not subsequently developed symptoms since the first test.
- If you develop symptoms, then a symptom-based strategy will be used to assess your return to work.
Return-to-work practices and work restrictions
After returning to work, a caregiver will be required to:
- Wear a facemask at all times while in the healthcare facility until all symptoms are completely resolved or at baseline.
- A procedure facemask should be used instead of a cloth face covering for source control.
- A facemask for source control does not replace the need to wear an N95 or higher-level respirator (or other recommended PPE) when indicated, including when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Seek re-evaluation from Employee Health by calling Ask HR if respiratory symptoms recur or worsen.