Posted August 14, 2020. Past health advisories and alerts are archived for historical purposes and are not maintained or updated.
Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is now following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) regarding return to work criteria for healthcare workers and first responders. SRHD no longer recommends extended isolation if working with high risk populations. Instead, healthcare workers and first responders should use the same criteria as the general public:
SRHD continues to receive reports of COVID-19 cases who are not isolating while awaiting test results. If your patient meets the criteria for testing (through exposure and/or compatible symptoms), please stress the importance of isolating away from others while awaiting test results.
Washington State Department of Health updated guidance for transferring COVID-19 patients between healthcare settings and long-term care facilities (LTCF). Notably, the guidance states that LTCFs should accept residents back from all healthcare settings, regardless of SARS-CoV-2 status, as long as the LTCF is able to provide the appropriate level of care under the appropriate transmission-based precautions. Testing should not be required prior to transfer of a resident from an acute-care facility to a LTCF.
Full guidance can be found here.