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New York State DOH Revises Quarantine Requirements for Health Care Personnel

April 1, 2021

New York State Department of Health (DOH) released its Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure – Including Quarantine and Furlough Requirements for Different Healthcare Settings.

Please see the highlights of this updated guidance below:

Health care personnel (HCP) with Exposure to COVID-19

  • Asymptomatic, unvaccinated HCP in healthcare settings who have been exposed to COVID-19 may return to work after completing a 10-day quarantine without testing, subject to certain other conditions.

  • Asymptomatic, exposed HCP in healthcare settings who are fully vaccinated (two weeks or more after last dose of vaccine, with no outer time limit) or who have recovered from recent SARS-CoV-2 infection within the past three months (within three months after the symptom onset date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness) are not required to test, quarantine, or take leave from work following exposure provided certain conditions are met.

Health care personnel (HCP) Following Travel

  • Asymptomatic HCP, arriving in New York State from other US states and territories, are not required to test or quarantine and may return to work accordingly

  • Quarantine following international travel consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations is still recommended unless the HCP is fully vaccinated or has recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the previous three months. CDC’s international travel requirements include showing proof of a negative diagnostic test result no more than three days before flight departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding, and quarantine for either seven days with a test three-five days after travel or for 10 days with no test.

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