We have stopped contact tracing

Mary C Giovannetti, DNP, APRN, FNP 

Manager/Nurse Practitioner| Employee Health

Physician's Center, 100 East Wood St., Suite 204 | Spartanburg, SC 29303

o: 864-560-6514 | f: 864-560-6509  c: 864-497-4087

e: mgiovannetti@srhs.com | w: SpartanburgRegional.com

From: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh-bounces+mgiovannetti=srhs.com@mylist.net> on behalf of Charles Hackett <dickenshackett@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 5:05 PM
To: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh@mylist.net>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [MCOH-EH] Contact Tracing for HCPs exposed to a case of COVID-19

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We are trying to stop our employee contact tracing but as of yesterday our DOH asked us to continue.


On Apr 6, 2020, at 3:05 PM, Galaid Edward I <Edward.Galaid@rsfh.com> wrote:

Have you determined a threshold of community transmission that would have you stop doing contact tracing?  Are you still doing it?


Just a reminder…from the March 7 CDC update…


“While contact tracing and risk assessment, with appropriate implementation of HCP work restrictions, of potentially exposed HCP remains the recommended strategy for identifying and reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to HCP, patients, and others, it is not practical or achievable in all situations. 


Community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States has been reported in multiple areas. This development means some recommended actions (e.g., contact tracing and risk assessment of all potentially exposed HCP) are impractical for implementation by healthcare facilities. 


In the setting of community transmission, all HCP are at some risk for exposure to COVID-19, whether in the workplace or in the community.  Devoting resources to contact tracing and retrospective risk assessment could divert resources from other important infection prevention and control activities. 


Facilities should shift emphasis to more routine practices, which include asking HCP to report recognized exposures, regularly monitor themselves for fever and symptoms of respiratory infection and not report to work when ill.  Facilities should develop a plan for how they will screen for symptoms and evaluate ill HCP.  This could include having HCP report absence of fever and symptoms prior to starting work each day.”


Ed Galaid


Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM


Medical Director, Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Occupational Medicine

Charleston, SC

Member, ACOEM Task Group,  Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers

Special Expert, NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health (FIX-AAA) Committee

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