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COVID return-to-work guidance updated

Infection Prevention & Control has updated its guidance to no longer require an antigen test prior to return to work following COVID infection.

The guidelines state:

Most individuals can return to work after 5 days of isolation from either a positive test if they are asymptomatic or from symptom onset (day 0 is the day of symptom onset or test if asymptomatic), as long as symptoms are improving. Follow the Return-to-Work Guidelines below.  Read more…

June 27: COVID vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old at Fountain Court vaccination clinic

Beginning Monday, June 27, children 6 months to 5 years old will be able to receive the Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccine (parents may choose) at UK HealthCare’s Fountain Court clinic, now called the UK PharmacistCare Clinic. Both vaccines are effective against the omicron variant. Read more…

Our priorities are unchanged – protection of our people and our patients

As the pandemic evolves and we learn to live with COVID-19 in both community and health care settings, we continue to adapt our practices and recommendations to promote workforce safety, minimize disruption and support efficient operations.

Although there has been substantial community transmission for the past few weeks, our health care system has remained functional and safe.

Based on that, we are announcing today that we intend to move away from the tier structure adopted early in the pandemic. We will provide routine updates and recommendations based on a thoughtful and careful assessment of COVID transmission rates and the overall impact on our health care system.

What you need to do to protect yourself and our patients

Since there is currently a high rate of COVID-19 in Fayette County (CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View) and in most of Kentucky, we are implementing the following guidelines.

We continue to require providers and staff to:

  • Screen for COVID symptoms daily (Daily Screening).
  • Stay home if symptomatic; fill out the screening survey for drive-through testing; be tested (Screening Survey).
  • Report COVID-19 infections to Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC).
  • If COVID-positive, follow “return to work” guidance for the health care worker with respiratory illness (Return to work guidance).
  • Wear a medical-grade mask at all times, except when alone or eating.
  • Wear a respirator (N95) and eye protection when performing an aerosol-generating procedure.
  • Be vigilant about hand hygiene.

In addition, we strongly recommend the following:

  • Remain up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination (see COVID-19 Vaccine Information).
  • When possible, conduct large group meetings remotely.
  • Practice social distancing in conference rooms, on shuttles and in elevators.
  • Avoid meetings with meals to avoid unmasking.
  • Stagger staff break time and use of breakrooms to avoid unmasked groups.
  • Encourage patients to wear their masks when staff are in the room.
  • Encourage visitors to wear masks at all times.
  • Limit the number of personnel on teams as allowed by their function and needs.

Please reach out to IPAC at 859-323-6337 for any questions about protecting yourself and those around you from COVID infection.

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Decision tree now available for COVID vaccines

Today we have uploaded a decision tree provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health under the “Clinical” section of Guidelines and Documents. This is a concise place for clinicians to review the latest dosing guidelines and manufacturer options for COVID-19 vaccines.

This COVID Vaccine Decision Tree reflects new COVID-19 vaccination recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Prevention & Control on May 19, 2022.

Additionally, a link to the CDC’s Interim Clinical Considerations – Use of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States is included. Please return to this site frequently for the latest CDC updates on COVID vaccinations and treatment.

Refer to “Contingency” phase for return to work guidance

Managers, in making decisions about bringing employees back to work, please continue to reference “return to work” guidance under the Contingency phase of the linked guidance document.

Updated pharmacotherapy guidelines

The Pharmacy &  Therapeutics Committee has approved the following updates to our interim pharmacotherapy guidance:

Remember: Daily screening required

As the COVID positivity rate in Fayette County continues to climb, please remember all employees, vaccinated and unvaccinated, must complete the daily screening survey before work.

Please complete this prescreen no more than four hours prior to the start of your shift; and remember to wear your badge.

 

COVID-19 boosters for children 5-11 now available

On Thursday, May 19, the CDC approved COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5-11 using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This will be the third shot for the majority of vaccinated children, and potentially the fourth shot for those who are immunocompromised. To be eligible, at least five months should have passed since the child’s last COVID vaccination.

UK Pharmacy Services is beginning these vaccinations immediately at our UK Pharmacist Care Clinic at 245 Fountain Court, Room 220, off Man O’ War in Lexington. Appointments are strongly recommended and can be made at ukvaccine.org. Two children may be registered for each appointment. Read more…

Make sure you are up to date on COVID vaccination

Due to the increasing prevalence of highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron subvariants, please ensure you are up to date on COVID vaccination. It is recommended that people get every vaccination for which they are eligible.*

Source: Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines

If you get sick and test positive, do not wait. Call your primary care provider about prescribing Paxlovid. It must be started within five days of symptom onset.

*The current CMS mandate for health care workers requires only the initial vaccine series. 

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