Mitigating Staff Shortages: Risk of Permitting Healthcare Workers to Return to Work after COVID-19 Exposure

C. F.L. Monsalud, Mary Frazier Greene Lind, Carolyn Hines, Donna Schora, Jennifer Grant, Erin McElvania, Kamaljit Singh

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Abstract

Critical staffing shortages have compelled hospitals to allow healthcare workers (HCWs) with low-risk COVID-19 exposures to continue to work. We performed SARS-CoV-2 PCR surveillance of asymptomatic HCWs allowed to work with masks after a low-risk COVID-19 exposure. A total of 66 HCWs participated and 5 (7.6%) were found to be PCR positive. Asymptomatic HCWs with low-risk exposures may represent a significant transmission risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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