CDC Update on Isolation and Quarantine - January 4, 2022

CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations. 

People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. 

Recommendations for people who are exposed to COVID-19 are also updated. If you are unvaccinated or more than 6 months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and you are not yet boosted, CDC recommends a quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. 

People who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

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Fire and EMS Departments Not Included in CMS and OSHA Vaccine Requirements 

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Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released anew emergency regulation requiring COVID-19 vaccination for health careworkers in the following organizations: Ambulatory Surgery Centers, CommunityMental Health Centers, Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities,Critical Access Hospitals, End-Stage Renal 2 Disease Facilities, Home HealthAgencies, Home Infusion Therapy Suppliers, Hospices, Hospitals, IntermediateCare Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Clinics, RehabilitationAgencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapyand Speech-Language Pathology Services, Psychiatric Residential TreatmentFacilities (PRTFs) Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Organizations(PACE), Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Long-termCare facilities.

Fire and EMS departments are not listed in this group. Despite these recent newfederal regulations regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements, fire and EMSdepartments remain covered under the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard12/29/21, 4:34 PM Fire and EMS Departments Not Included in CMS and OSHA Vaccine Requirements. 

(ETS). Fire and EMS departments that provide interfacility transport may have towork with facilities covered by the CMS mandate to see if they are affected.

In addition, OSHA has made it clear that its new COVID-19 vaccine standard does not cover “settings where any employee provides health care services or healthcare support services when subject to the requirements of the Healthcare ETS….”Fire and EMS departments are covered under the June Healthcare ETS.

Fire and EMS chiefs are encouraged to review the IAFC’s information about the June OSHA Healthcare ETS. In addition, they are encouraged to check with theirown legal departments about state and local COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

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CDC Quick Reference Guide for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has provided a Quick Reference Guide for healthcare professionals for the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Click Here to download the guide pictured below.

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OSHA Withdraws Part of Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard / CDC Releases New Quarantine Recommendations 

December 28, 2021 Ken LaSala 

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On December 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)withdrew major parts of its Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). This ETS covered fire and EMS department’s operations during the COVID-19pandemic.fire and EMS department’s operations during the COVID-19pandemic.

According to a statement by OSHA, the agency intends to “to issue a final standardthat will protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 hazards.” However, due to thefact that OSHA cannot meet the timeframe required by the Occupational Safetyand Health Act, OSHA also announced “that it is withdrawing the non-recordkeeping portions of the healthcare ETS. The COVID-19 log and reportingprovisions, 29 CFR 1910.502(q)(2)(ii), (q)(3)(ii)-(iv), and (r), remain in effect.”

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicronvariant, OSHA “strongly encourages all healthcare employers to continue toimplement the ETS’s requirements in order to protect employees from a hazardthat too often causes death or serious physical harm to employees…. OSHA willvigorously enforce the general duty clause and its general standards, including thePersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protection Standards, to12/29/21, 4:34 PM OSHA Withdraws Part of Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard / CDC Releases New Quarantine Recommendations  tohelp protect healthcare employees from the hazard of COVID-19. The RespiratoryProtection Standard applies to personnel providing care to persons who aresuspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. OSHA will accept compliance with theterms of the Healthcare ETS as satisfying employers’ related obligations under thegeneral duty clause, respiratory protection, and PPE standards.”

The IAFC urges its members to read the full statement and discuss OSHA’s changeof policy with the relevant department health and safety personnel. We will keepyou informed of updates.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations for isolation and quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. TheCDC recommended time for isolation for people with COVID-19 is reduced tofive days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when aroundothers.

In addition, the CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for thoseexposed to COVID-19. “For people who are unvaccinated or are more than sixmonths out from their second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&Jvaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for five daysfollowed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Alternatively, if a five-dayquarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantinefollowing an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. Forall those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day fiveafter exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine untila negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.” 

  

Ken LaSala is the IAFC’s Director of Government Relations and Policy

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COVID-19 Delta Variant: What You Need to Know

In December 2020, a new variant of COVID-19 was detected in India and is now the most dominant variant in the United States. With the rapid spread of this newest variant throughout the U.S., coronavirus cases are spiking in parts of the country, especially in communities with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.
In December 2020, a new variant of COVID-19 was detected in India and is now the most dominant variant in the United States. With the rapid spread of this newest variant throughout the U.S., coronavirus cases are spiking in parts of the country, especially in communities with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.
The discovery has prompted questions and concerns about this new mutation. How contagious is the Delta variant? What are the symptoms, and how effective are the vaccines against the new strain?
We invite you to view the video below, produced by Riverside Health System as Cindy Williams, Chief Pharmacy Officer, for Riverside answers these questions and more.
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