Recent CDC COVID-19 Updates: February 13 & 14, 2021

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

Criteria for Return to work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance) was updated February 14, 2021:

As of February 14, 2021

Changes to more closely align guidance with updates to the Decision Memo:

  • For HCP who are severely immunocompromised, could remain infectious more than 20 days after symptom onset. Consultation with infectious diseases specialists is recommended; use of a test-based strategy for determining when these HCP may return to work could be considered.

Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages was updated February 14, 2021:

As of February 14, 2021

Interim Guidance on Testing Healthcare Personnel for SARS-CoV-2was updated February 14, 2021:

Added a recommendation from the CDC Decision Memo that asymptomatic people who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection may not need to undergo repeat testing or quarantine in the case of another SARS-CoV-2 exposure within 3 months of their initial diagnosis.

Interim Guidance on Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19was updated February 13, 2021:

As of February 13, 2021

  • Added new evidence and recommendations for duration of isolation and precautions for severely immunocompromised adults.
  • Added information on recent reports in adults of reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 variant viruses.