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SDOH: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings

The New York State Department of Health (SDOH) has released guidance concerning protocols for personnel in healthcare and other direct care settings to return to work following COVID-19 exposure:

  • This document provides updated guidance on healthcare personnel (HCP) returning to work after a COVID-19 exposure or travel outside of New York State or its contiguous states.

  • The information supersedes any previous guidance related to HCP returning to work after COVID-19 exposure or travel.

  • This guidance aligns with the December 2, 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

  • This guidance does not apply to HCP who are known or suspected of having COVID-19 who are in isolation; requirements for the discontinuation of isolation should be followed for these individuals.


Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, the following guidelines apply to HCP returning

to work following a COVID-19 exposure:

Asymptomatic HCP who have been in contact with (i.e. exposed to) a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the past 10 days may return to work after a 10 day quarantine without testing if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period, providing the following conditions are met:

  • HCP must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;

  • HCP must be counseled to continue strict adherence to all recommended nonpharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of appropriate face coverings.

  • HCP must be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

Please see the document below for the full guidelines from the New York State Department of Health (SDOH):

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