CDC Updates Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

CDC Updates Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

CDC updated guidelines for nursing homes to include information and guidance on the recently released Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing. You will recall that the “Options” guidance was released in early December and provided that quarantine for exposed individuals could be ended ahead of the recommended 14 days, if elected by local public health authorities based on local circumstances or resources. CDC recommended under the “Options” guidance that quarantine could be ended after Day 10 if no symptoms had been reported during daily monitoring, or after Day 7 with a negative diagnostic test and no symptoms reported during daily monitoring. In the updated Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes, CDC stipulates that while the full 14-day quarantine period is preferred, nursing homes may consider the alternatives outlined in the “Options” guidance in order to “mitigate staffing shortages, space limitations, or PPE shortages.” Remember that a WA STATE DOH has chosen NOT to accept this guidance at this time and you should check with your local public health jurisdiction for any questions about these strategies.




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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