Additional CDC Updates on COVID-19 … February 8 and 11, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

CDC updates on COVID-19 information keep coming!  Here are 3 updates posted Thursday, February 11, 2021.

When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 provides updated guidance on several scenarios:

  • I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms
  • I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
  • I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?
  • For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19
  • Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19

If you are a healthcare professional who thinks or knows you had COVID-19, you should follow the same recommendations listed above for when you can resume being around others outside the workplace. When you can return to work depends on different factors and situations. For information on when you can return to work, see the following: Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)

US COVID-19 Cases Caused by Variants was updated:

Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccinationprovides information on reported side effects.  This website will help you work with residents and your staff, especially those who are hesitant to receive the vaccine.

Here’s a posted piece that I missed earlier this week: Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine in Long-Term Care Facilities

“Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to adults who are unable to live independently. These types of facilities include, but are not limited to, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other congregate living settings where most people receiving care/supervision are older than 65 years of age. The communal nature of LTCFs and the population served (generally older adults often with underlying medical conditions) puts facility residents at increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe illness from COVID-19.

The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program is facilitating on-site vaccination of residents and staff at more than 70,000 enrolled LTCFs. Pharmacy partners participating in the program are conducting three on-site vaccination clinics for every enrolled facility. Most clinics provided by this program will likely be completed by the end of March 2021. As the Pharmacy Partnership for LTC program comes to an end, it is important to ensure LTCFs have continued access to COVID-19 vaccine for new or unvaccinated residents and staff.”

Additionally, there is additional information on this website:

  • Ways for Long-term Care Facilities to Continue Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Next Steps for Long-Term Care Facilities