University Health System Employees

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

For healthcare personnel WITH symptoms (mild to moderate illness) and with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the individual is excluded from work until at least at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.

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 viral 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.

For healthcare personnel WITH severe to critical illness (generally hospitalized) OR who are severely immunocompromised and with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, the individual will receive guidance from Employee Health after consultation with our Infectious Disease and Infection Prevention specialists.

A test-based strategy is no longer recommended for return to work (with rare exceptions) because, in the majority of cases, it results in excluding from work HCP who continue to shed detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA but who are no longer infectious.