University Health System Employees

Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

For healthcare personnel WITH symptoms and with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, a symptom-based strategy for COVID-19 should be used. This indicates that the individual is excluded from work until at least three (3) days (72 hours) have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For healthcare personnel WITHOUT symptoms and with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the individual is excluded from work until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based strategy for COVID-19 positive staff and providers should be used.