Revised Infection Control & Testing Procedures for Health Care Professionals

 In Covid-19

Last week CDC updated the Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations pertaining to fully vaccinated health care personnel (HCP) and fully vaccinated patients/residents within healthcare settings.

  • Fully vaccinated HCP (>14 days post-second dose of a two-dose series or >14 days post single-dose vaccine) who are asymptomatic after a higher-risk exposure does not need to be restricted from work for 14 days following their exposure. However, work restriction should be considered after a higher-risk exposure for fully vaccinated HCP who have an underlying immunocompromising condition (e.g., organ transplantation, cancer treatment).
  • Due to the limited information about vaccine effectiveness in the high-risk population, fully vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings should continue to quarantine for 14 days following prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV- 2 infection.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals admitted to a post-acute care facility who have not had prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the prior 14 days no longer need to quarantine on admission.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • CDC has updated recommendations for testing fully vaccinated people who remain asymptomatic after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings:
    •  COVID-19 testing is generally not needed in this situation.
    • Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings (e.g., correctional and detention facilities, group homes) should continue to test for SARS-CoV-2 following exposure. This is because residential congregate settings may face a high turnover of residents, a higher risk of transmission, and challenges in maintaining recommended physical distancing.
    • Fully vaccinated employees of non-healthcare congregate settings and other high-density workplaces with serial screening test programs should continue testing following exposure.
    • Fully vaccinated people should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure. If symptoms develop, they should isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 testing for HCP, residents and patients remain Post-exposure testing is still recommended in healthcare settings for fully- vaccinated people.
  • There are no current recommendations for serology testing after

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Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home
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