Washington State Department of Health Resources for In-Home Care Providers
The Washington State Department of Health, Healthcare-Associated Infections Section has shared important information and resources with in-home care providers about preventing the spread of COVID-19 between staff and clients/patients. Below are resources on Personal Protective Equipment, N95 Respirators and Screening of Staff. The Department is also working on updating its guidance documents to reflect current evidence and guidance from the CDC.
Personal Protective Equipment
When community transmission is moderate or high (as it is throughout Washington state currently), healthcare providers should wear a surgical face mask and eye protection for ALL patient care encounters, regardless of patient/client COVID-19 status. Clients should wear a cloth face covering or facemask during care, if possible. Screen clients for symptoms and exposure upon entry to the home. Healthcare providers, including caregivers, should wear a disposable surgical face mask, and remove it after each patient visit or if become soiled.
Screening of Staff and Exclusion from Work
Email the Department at HAI-COVID@doh.wa.gov with questions.