Quarantine and Isolation Rules for Healthcare Personnel are Revised, Again

The State DOH has once again updated the isolation and quarantine requirements for healthcare staff (see here). The changes largely affect individuals who are exposed but not infected.

For infected healthcare staff, employers in “contingency” phases are required to provide five days of leave to employees, regardless of vaccination status of the employee, and employees can return to work on day 6 if they are asymptomatic or have mild-moderate symptoms.

For employees who were exposed, the DOH instructs that such healthcare personnel, if fully vaccinated (including boosted), will have no work restrictions if the agency is in a contingency phase. (Most home care providers are in that phase, but each agency should evaluate its own circumstances). If the agency is in a “normal” phase (and not in contingency), then an exposed worker can only return to work upon testing negative on days 1,5, 6 and 7 after exposure. The day of exposure is day 0. Exposed workers who are not boosted, even if they are fully vaccinated, may return to work after 7 days with a negative test, or in 10 days without testing, if the agency is in a contingency phase.