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Interim Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Pandemic

Updated Sept. 23, 2022For healthcare personnel, see Isolation and work restriction guidance. For strategies to mitigate healthcare personnel staffing shortages, see Contingency and crisis management. For healthcare professionals advising people in non-healthcare settings about isolation for laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, see Ending Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.

Updated Sept. 23, 2022

Summary of Recent Changes

Updated to note that vaccination status is no longer used to inform source control, screening testing, or post-exposure recommendations

  • Updated circumstances when use of source control is recommended

  • Updated circumstances when universal use of personal protective equipment should be considered

  • Updated recommendations for testing frequency to detect potential for variants with shorter incubation periods and to address the risk for false negative antigen tests in people without symptoms.

  • Clarified that screening testing of asymptomatic healthcare personnel, including those in nursing homes, is at the discretion of the healthcare facility

  • Updated to note that, in general, asymptomatic patients no longer require empiric use of Transmission-Based Precautions following close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Archived the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes and special considerations for nursing homes not otherwise covered in Sections 1 and 2 were added to Section 3: Setting-specific considerations

    • Updated screening testing recommendations for nursing home admissions

Clarified the types of long-term care settings for whom the healthcare infection prevention and control recommendations apply

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