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If I travel, in-between assignment or while on assignment, what guidelines should I follow upon my return?

If you choose to travel while on assignment, to other states with a higher percentage of rates of infection, please refer to the CDCs guidelines on returning to your assignment location. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC guidance is updated frequently. Please visit our coronavirus information site for specific travel advisory information for your upcoming assignment, as well as keeping yourself updated on any travel advisories for your state or surrounding states.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are on assignment or about to start your assignment, check FIRST with the state guidelines or facility you are assigned to and identify if they offer testing. Testing locations and availability vary across the country. Decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your medical provider first. If you are currently on assignment, check with the facility you are assigned to and identify if they offer testing. If they do not offer testing, ask the facility for guidance on recommended nearby community testing locations. If you have exhausted those options, you can also coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial laboratories.

Resources:
Retrieved 04.13.2020
Reviewed 06.25.2020

CDC Priorities for Testing Patients with Suspected COVID-19 Infection PDF
CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus
CDC Testing for COVID-19
CDC Testing in the U.S.
CDC FAQs

What states are currently impacted by a travel advisory?

If you are on assignment or about to start your assignment, please follow guidance from your Recruiter about your assignment state and facility. There are states which have specific travel guidance, including Alaska, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio, which mandated temporary quarantine restrictions on June 25, 2020. Essential healthcare workers are exempt, but may be expected to seek diagnostic testing upon arrival in the state, will need to monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing and perform other safety measures as required. Please check the state or facility you are assigned to for specific guidelines.


Resources:

Updated 07.30.2020
Alaska Travel Advisory
Connecticut Travel Advisory
DC Travel Advisory
Florida Travel Advisor
Hawaii Travel Advisory
Kentucky Travel Advisory
Maine Travel Advisory
Massachusetts Travel Advisory
New Jersey Travel Advisory
New York Travel Advisory
Ohio Travel Advisory

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

When can I return to work after international travel?

Before returning to work, please check with your facility’s protocol to determine if they have adapted specific guidelines based on the local circumstances. Currently, the CDC recommends that all international travelers arriving into the U.S. should not go to work and stay home for 14 days after their arrival, monitor their health and practice social distancing.

Resources:
Retrieved 04.13.2020
Reviewed 06.25.2020
CDC FAQ for Travelers
CDC FAQs

 

What do I need to do if I have traveled or have plans to travel?

If you have recently traveled or plan to travel, please check CDC Travel Notices for international travel recommendations based on geographic risk assessment of country transmission level and possible restrictions. For cruise ship travel, check CDC cruise ship travelers for guidance. Though there are currently no federal advisories or restrictions for travel within the U.S., check your state or local governments for detailed information and additional guidance on travel issue orders.

Resources:
Retrieved 04.13.2020
Reviewed 06.25.2020
CDC COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel
CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
CDC Coronavirus and Travel in the United States
CDC Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages
CDC FAQs