The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has launched consolidated suggestions for COVID-19 testing, together with interim testing tips for nursing dwelling residents and healthcare personnel, in addition to testing technique choices for high-density important infrastructure workplaces after a COVID-19 case is recognized. These suggestions compile and replace earlier testing steering.
The consolidated suggestions for testing, Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2, had been developed primarily based on what’s at the moment recognized about COVID-19 and are topic to vary as extra data turns into out there. This doc features a abstract of present CDC suggestions for testing individuals who
- have indicators or signs of COVID-19;
- haven’t any signs however lately had contact with somebody recognized or suspected to have COVID-19;
- haven’t any signs and no recognized contact with somebody recognized or suspected to have COVID-19 however nonetheless could also be examined for early identification in particular settings;
- have had confirmed COVID-19 however now not have signs; and
- could also be examined by public well being officers to trace unfold of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Testing Tips for Nursing Properties is a vital addition to different an infection prevention and management (IPC) suggestions geared toward conserving COVID-19 out of nursing properties (in addition to different long-term care amenities), detecting circumstances shortly in the event that they do happen, and stopping additional transmission in these amenities. Nursing dwelling residents are at excessive threat for an infection, severe sickness, and demise from the illness. Up to date suggestions embrace suggestion towards testing the identical particular person greater than as soon as in a 24-hour interval; consideration for testing residents with signs for different causes of respiratory sickness, corresponding to influenza; and coordination of repeat testing in response to outbreaks with native, territorial, and state well being departments.
Outbreaks of sickness amongst employees in food-producing amenities and surrounding communities have raised distinctive questions on testing for COVID-19. Crucial infrastructure employers have an obligation to handle the continuation of labor in a approach that greatest protects the well being of their employees and most of the people. Acceptable office protections, corresponding to engineering and administrative controls, for these current within the office ought to stay in place. As well as, CDC’s Testing Technique for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Excessive-Density Crucial Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case is Recognized presents completely different testing technique choices for uncovered co-workers when public well being organizations and employers decide testing is required to assist assist current illness management measures. Such methods can help in figuring out infectious people with the purpose of decreasing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within the office.