Rhode Island says COVID-positive staff can return to work at hospitals and nursing homes to solve staffing crisis
Rhode Islandsays COVID-positive staff can return to work at hospitals and nursing homes.
- Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic
healthcarestaff can work during staffing crisis, the state said.
Rhode Island's Department of Health has said that
Quarantine and isolation guidance updated by the state's health department on December 31 said there were no restrictions "with prioritization considerations (e.g., asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic)" in a crisis situation for vaccinated and unvaccinated staffers.
"Crisis staffing means there are no longer enough staff to provide safe patient/resident care," the memo said.
A spokesperson for Rhode Island's Department of Health did not immediately confirm to Insider whether any hospitals or nursing homes had reached a crisis level yet.
The memo from Rhode Island matched the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance from December 23, which allows healthcare workers who test positive for COVID-19 to work in a crisis situation.
All healthcare workers in Rhode Island were required from October 1 to be vaccinated, the state said, unless they had a medical exemption.
Rhode Island's health department said the state's three-day average for positive COVID-19 cases was 3,402 cases a day.
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