Currently, per CDC guidelines, the use of personal protective equipment remains unchanged in healthcare settings, which includes physician offices. Detailed information can be found in the link below alongside key takeaways and excerpts from the published guidelines:
**Recommendations for use of personal protective equipment by HCP remain unchanged per CDC guidelines.**
Here are some changes for fully vaccinated Healthcare Personnel (HCP) in healthcare settings:
- In general, fully vaccinated HCPs should continue to wear source control while at work. However, fully vaccinated HCPs may dine and socialize together in break rooms and conduct in-person meetings without source control or physical distancing. If unvaccinated HCPs are present, everyone should wear source control and unvaccinated HCPs should physically distance themselves from others.
- Fully vaccinated HCPs with higher-risk exposure who are asymptomatic do not need to be restricted from work for 14 days following their exposure.
- Asymptomatic HCPs with a higher-risk exposure and patients or residents with prolonged close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of vaccination status, should have a series of two viral tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection. In these situations, testing is recommended immediately and 5–7 days after exposure.
- Fully vaccinated HCPs may be exempt from expanded screening testing. However, per the recommendations above, vaccinated HCPs should have a viral test if the HCP is symptomatic, has a higher-risk exposure, or is working in a facility experiencing an outbreak.
Screening is still recommended. The CDC has provided additional options on how to do this, outlined in the link below:
Options could include (but are not limited to): individual screening on arrival at the facility; or implementation of an electronic monitoring system in which, prior to arrival at the facility, people report the absence of fever and symptoms of COVID-19, absence of a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the prior 10 days and confirm they have not been exposed to others with SARS-CoV-2 infection during the prior 14 days.
Some states may choose to continue with stricter guidelines than CDC recommendations. Please check with your state on how they are responding to the CDC recommendations and follow accordingly.