The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a health update on September 30. Below is a summary:
This guidance replaces PA-HAN-621 and includes changes made by CDC on September 23, 2022.
This guidance pertains only to the healthcare personnel and their need for work restriction. For guidance on isolation and quarantine in the community, please refer to PA-HAN-619 or its successor.
Major additions and edits in this version include:
- Revised work restriction guidance. In most circumstances, asymptomatic HCP with higher-risk exposures do not require work restriction. However, they should receive a series of three viral tests on day 1, day 3, and day 5 after the exposure (day 0). Additionally, they should wear well-fitting source control and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days.
- Updated recommendations for testing frequency to detect potential for variants with shorter incubation periods and to address the risk for false negative antigen tests in people without symptoms.
- Removed contingency and crisis strategies about earlier return to work for HCP with higher-risk exposures.
If you have additional questions about this guidance, please contact DOH at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) or your local health department.