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Network Room Placement for Patients Admitted who Have Previously Been Infected with SARS-CoV-2

KHN is following CDC and ODH guidance regarding the need for respiratory/droplet isolation for patients who are admitted and had a previously documented COVID-19 illness or asymptomatic positive test for SARS-CoV-2. 

Non-test-based strategy for determining isolation for patients admitted who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 

Standard Precautions can be used for patients with prior mild-to-moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised if: 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and 
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and 
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved 

Note:  For patients who are not severely immunocompromised and who were asymptomatic throughout their infection, Standard Precautions are adequate when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test. 

Standard Precautions can be used for patients with prior severe-to-critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised if: 

At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and 

At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and 

Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved 

Note:  For severely immunocompromised patients who were asymptomatic throughout their infection, Standard Precautions are adequate when at least 20 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test. 

Note:  Repeat SARS-CoV-2 testing is NOT recommended for previously infected patients for a 90-day period after their initial positive test. 

September 14, 2020