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UPDATE to Interim Health Advisory: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure

New York State Department of Health
New York Early Intervention System (NYEIS) Electronic Mailing List

Updated guidance:  "
UPDATE to Interim Health Advisory: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure – Including Quarantine and Furlough Requirements for Different Healthcare Settings"


Dear BEI Colleagues,

Please review updated guidance, titled "UPDATE to Interim Health Advisory: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure – Including Quarantine and Furlough Requirements for Different Healthcare Settings," released on March 10, 2021, in its entirety. This guidance includes information on health care providers, including EI service providers, who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are exposed to COVID-19.  Specifically, the guidance provides:

Asymptomatic healthcare providers (HCP) who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or furlough during the first 3 months after full vaccination if:

• Such HCP is fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine);

• Such HCP is within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; and

• Such HCP has remained asymptomatic since the last COVID-19 exposure.

Additionally, individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of quarantine status, must monitor their symptoms daily through day 14, continue strict adherence to hand hygiene and use of face coverings ​(even if fully vaccinated), and immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

Please also note that when in-person early intervention services are delivered, all applicable guidance and precautions related to COVID-19 must continue to be followed. Among other precautions, this includes a requirement that whenever possible, a physical distance of at least 6 feet should be maintained when inside the home. If the services being delivered are hands-on and do not allow for physical distance, PPE must be used, and good hand hygiene must be practiced by the provider.

Please contact the Bureau of Early Intervention at beipub@health.ny.gov if you have questions regarding this information.

Article ID: 451, Created On: 3/24/2021, Modified: 3/24/2021

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