MDH Releases Updated Recommendations on COVID-19 Quarantining for HCWs

On Feb. 16, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released updated recommendations regarding healthcare workers (HCW) exposed to COVID-19 and quarantining.    

Key guidance for healthcare providers includes: 
•    Excluding all HCWs from healthcare settings for 14 days following COVID-19 exposures regardless of worker vaccination status. 
•    Advising fully vaccinated, non-symptomatic HCWs, who are within days 14-90 of completing the vaccine series and who have been exposed to COVID-19, that they may return to community activities, but should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days.
•    Testing and isolating any individual who develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after a known exposure.

The recommendations, which also include information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also cover:

•    Diagnostic testing of HCW for COVID-19
•    HCW Exposure to COVID-19
•    Recommendations for HCW in contact with people having confirmed or suspected COVID-19
•    Guidance for ill HCW with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
•    Guidance for recovered HCW who are exposed to COVID-19 positive patients.