The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new emergency guidance for healthcare workers for a possible surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
At the moment in Central Florida, AdventHealth is not seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
AdventHealth officials are preparing for a possible surge because the COVID-19 positivity rate has gone from 5.5% to nearly 27% at Centra Care clinics.
The CDC now says any healthcare worker who has COVID-19 and is asymptomatic can return to work after seven days with a negative test.
Any healthcare worker who has received a COVID-19 vaccine and the booster does not need to quarantine at home following high-risk exposures, according to the new CDC guidance.
Health officials note this guidance may change as more information about the omicron variant becomes available.
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Halifax Health officials said the omicron variant is more contagious than the delta variant.
Halifax Health officials also said omicron’s behavior is more consistent with a cold virus compared to the delta variant.