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

Use the Test-based strategy as the preferred method for determining when HCP may return to work in healthcare settings:

Test-based strategy. Exclude from work until

If the Test-based strategy cannot be used, the Symptom based strategy may be used for determining when HCP may return to work in healthcare settings:

Symptom-based strategy. Exclude from work until

  • At least 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 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms should be 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 since their positive test.

If HCP had COVID-19 ruled out and have an alternate diagnosis (e.g., tested positive for influenza), criteria for return to work should be based on that diagnosis.

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