This document provides updated guidance to healthcare workers on when to discontinue special airborne contact (SAC) isolation for patients with COVID-19 (Discontinuing isolation). This guidance applies to all areas of Duke Health including adult and children’s inpatient, outpatient, surgical, procedural and other care areas. CDC now recommends using a symptom-based strategy alone for discontinuation of special airborne contact isolation for patients infected with COVID. Enough evidence has accumulated to show that patients are not shedding live, infectious virus after a specified amount of time passes from symptom onset. As such, Duke Health will no longer use the test-based strategy (i.e. 2 negative tests) to discontinue Special Airborne Contact isolation for patients with COVID and begin using the symptom-based strategy outlined below. Updated 12.12.20
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