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Network Recommendations – Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection
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Network Recommendations – Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection

CDC observation- Research         Positive patients  Mild to moderate disease  Severe disease or severely immunosuppressed    Positive PCR test SARS-CoV-2  Do not harbor live virus   > 10 days   Donot harbor live virus >20 days               Research      Findings  Repeat infection SARS-CoV-2  world wide      Documented only once…

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Updated Screening Process for Employees and Physicians

As of Friday, October 9, employee and physician screening will be discontinued. Employees and physicians working on-site will no longer be screened as they enter the building but will be required to complete daily self-monitoring for COVID-19-related symptoms. To complete the daily symptom assessment, follow the guidelines below:  Take your temperature with a thermometer each day. If you have…

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HHS Order Changes

As of August 1, the United States Department of Health and Human Services required seven questions to be asked on orders for COVID-19 tests, and for those answers to be reported. The questions are:  Is this your first test?  Are you a health care employee?  Are you symptomatic as defined by the CDC?  Date of…

Safety First Reminders
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Safety First Reminders

As we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our teams and our patients remains a top priority. By putting safety first, we can all help reduce the spread in our community—including among our own team members.  In addition to consistent handwashing and masking, there are a few areas within our facilities where we…

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Inpatient Rehab Admission Update

As COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations continue to evolve, Kettering Health Network Inpatient Rehab has updated their admission requirements as indicated below:  Patients with a history of COVID-19: Network Inpatient Rehab admissions for patients with a history of COVID-19 will defer to the Incident Command protocol as outlined in the email sent on 9/21/20 based on CDC guidelines.  Patients admitted to Inpatient Rehab will need to…

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Kettering Health Network Recommendations for Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection

There is excellent data showing that while patients can remain positive on PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, these patients do not harbor live virus after 10 days (mild/moderate disease or asymptomatic) or 20 days (severe disease or severely immunosuppressed). In addition, repeat infection with SARS-CoV-2 has only been documented once or twice worldwide.  For these reasons…

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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…

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Network Criteria for Removing COVID-19 Patients from Isolation

Kettering Health Network is following guidance from the CDC and ODH regarding criteria for removing COVID-19 patients from isolation.  This non-test-based strategy is favored over repeat testing because PCR detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA can persist long after the infectious period has ended.  Symptom-Based Strategy for Discontinuing Transmission-Based Precautions  Patients with mild-to-moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised:  At least…

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Update to Screening Process for Administrative Facilities Only

Screening at all facilities was implemented early in our COVID-19 response based on best practice guidance from the governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).  We continue to monitor recommendations from ODH and based on updated guidelines and 100% completion of the employee attestation regarding self-monitoring, we have made the decision to modify…

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Travel Update

The Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control are no longer defining recommendations for international travel. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip,…


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