Staff members that get sick from the coronavirus will stay home until they are symptom-free for 72 hours or more. They may also have to pass two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.

Ultimately, the exact number of days that a staff member spends at home following a coronavirus diagnosis can vary. Some patients experience symptoms much longer than others, and some will experience no symptoms even though they tested positive. If someone tests positive but remains asymptomatic for 10 days, they may be able to return to work after those first 10 days. Two negative tests, 24 hours apart, are often considered the best indicator that its safe to return to work.

The CDC’s guidelines on “How to Discontinue Home Isolation” provide more details on how unique situations, such as lack of tests, affect the decision-making process for returning a person to their public role. Note that some assisted living homes may decide to use even more cautious guidelines than the CDC recommends.  

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

Additional Coronavirus FAQs