SAN FRANCISCO — California health care workers won’t have to isolate or test negative to go back to work if they are asymptomatic until February 1.
As omicron cases continue to surge and hospital staffing shortages increase across the state, California’s department of public health is changing its COVID isolation guidelines.
“If we have a nurse that calls out what that means for us is that we can’t open a zone in the emergency department that we would’ve been able to open,” said Dr. Maria Raven, chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Parnassus Campus, adding, “We feel like if people don’t have symptoms they should be able to come to work.”
This change is going against the CDC’s recommendation for anyone who tests positive to isolate for 5 days with or without symptoms.
So it’s now OK for an ER nurse to spread coronavirus throughout the emergency department and the hospital.