The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday announced new recommendations that cut the length of time health care workers have to isolate after they test positive for COVID-19.
The new guidance reduces isolation time for health care workers from 10 to seven days as fears mount that the highly transmissible Omicron variant could deplete already short-staffed hospitals as they contend with a new wave of infections.
The “isolation time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages” – and in the case of a designated crisis workers may face no restrictions at all, the guidance adds.
The new recommendations apply only to health care workers, and isolation and quarantine guidance for others remain unchanged. (Read more from “CDC Cuts COVID Quarantine Time for Health Care Workers” HERE)
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