Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Update: This Interim Guidance was updated and archived on April 12, 2020. Updates were made to align with revisions to the public health recommendations for community-related exposure to COVID-19, which changed the period of exposure risk from “onset of symptoms” to “48 hours before symptom onset.”

Given the ongoing transmission of COVID-19 in communities across the United States and the role that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals with COVID-19 play in transmission, the feasibility and benefits of formal contact tracing for exposures in healthcare settings are likely limited and this guidance is being archived. No further updates are planned.

Healthcare facilities should consider foregoing contact tracing for exposures in a healthcare setting in favor of universal source control for healthcare personnel (HCP) and screening for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before every shift.  Additional infection prevention and control recommendations, including more details about universal source control in healthcare settings are available.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html