Posted March 20, 2020. Past health advisories and alerts are archived for historical purposes and are not maintained or updated.
Community transmission of COVID19 continues to occur in Washington, including Spokane County. Washington Department of Health (DOH) is maintaining current case counts by county.
Isolation – Health Care Workers (HCW) and First Responders (FR):
Health Care Workers (HCW) and First Responders (FR) with confirmed COVID-19 should not return to work until at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as:
Healthcare workers and first responders can return to work provided they:
Employers should consider reassigning recovered HCWs who work with severely immunocompromised patients, such as bone marrow transplant patients, to work in other areas.
Guidance document for health care workers and first responders: doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/HealthCareworkerReturn2Work.pdf
Quarantine – Healthcare workers and First Responders:
Asymptomatic HCWs and FRs with High or Medium Risk Exposures to a known case of COVID-19 should actively monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection but can return to work provided they:
Isolation – General Public:
Consistent with CDC guidelines, WA DOH recommends persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:
Additionally, in an abundance of caution, SRHD recommends patients who have recovered from COVID-19 consider refraining from social gatherings of ≥ 10 persons and individuals at high risk of severe outcomes (people over the age of 60, people with underlying health issues) and continue social distancing and other appropriate non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for an additional 10-14 days beyond the recommended period of self-isolation.
Guidance document for general public:
Quarantine – General Public:
Individuals who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should monitor their health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. They should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for 14 days.
Guidance document: doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf
Washington State Department of Health and CDC have compiled additional guidance for healthcare providers, which is available on their website (this is a rapidly evolving situation and you should continue to check for updates to these documents): https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/HealthcareProviders