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If the facility I will be assigned to or am already assigned does not offer testing, how can I find a COVID-19 testing near me?

Google has now made it easier to search for a COVID-19 testing center near you. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Google web browser
  • In the search bar, type in “COVID-19 TESTING [zip code]”
  • Scroll down and a list of testing centers in that area will appear

Important considerations before you visit a COVID-19 testing center:

  • Verify if testing is still available at that location
  • Check if an appointment is required
  • Check if a referral is required
  • Check if testing is limited or open to all patients


Resources:
Retrieved 06.25.2020

Google Search: COVID-19 Testing

Can I refuse to take care of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) if I don’t feel like I’m trained or have the right equipment?

AMN encourages our healthcare professionals (HPs) to care for patients in a non-discriminatory manner. However, if you are unsure of the hospital policies and procedures in caring for a Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) patient, or have concerns that you do not have appropriate training or PPE available according to CDC guidelines and hospital policy, immediately escalate your concerns to your immediate facility leader. Please ask to speak with your designated AMN contact if you have additional safety concerns or are unsure about your training and ability to provide quality patient care.


Resources:
Retrieved 04.13.2020
Reviewed 06.25.2020

CDC FAQs

I currently work in a healthcare setting. What is the criteria to return to work if I was non-symptomatic and have a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19?

Before returning to work, please check with your facility’s and local health department protocols to determine if they have adapted specific guidelines based on the local circumstances.

The following is CDC guidance for the non-test-based-strategy to return to work:

  • 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming you have not subsequently developed symptoms since your positive test.
    • If you develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used.

OR

The following is CDC guidance for the test-based-strategy to return to work:


Resources:

Updated 07.16.2020

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)
CDC FAQs

I currently work in a healthcare setting. What is the criteria to return to work if I was symptomatic and have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

Before returning to work, please check with your facility’s protocol to determine if they have adapted specific guidelines based on the local circumstances.

The following is CDC guidance for the non-test-based-strategy to return to work:

  • at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

    OR


    The following is CDC guidance for the test-based-strategy to return to work:
  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens)[1]. See Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Of note, there have been reports of prolonged detection of RNA without direct correlation to viral culture.


Resources:
Retrieved 04.13.2020
Reviewed 06.26.2020

CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)
CDC FAQs

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