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Guidance: COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Public Health England

June 2
17:04 2020

Symptomatic worker flow chart for return to work following a SARS-CoV-2 test

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Asymptomatic worker flow chart for return to work following a SARS-CoV-2 test

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This guidance provides advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results. It includes:

  • staff with symptoms of COVID-19
  • staff return to work criteria
  • patient exposures in hospital
  • resident exposures in care settings

Please note that this guidance is of a general nature and that an employer should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Published 4 April 2020
Last updated 2 June 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updates made to introduction and sections 4.3, addition of section 4.4 and section 5.

  2. Updated in light of the test and trace guidance and added guidance for risk assessment of staff in the event of PPE breaches.

  3. Added sentence in section 2, clarifying that second episodes of symptoms require isolation and repeat testing.

  4. Clarification of managing household members of exposed health or social care workers.

  5. Updated text and added section on residents in care settings.

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