The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Employers must provide appropriate PPE to workers, including surgical masks, face shields, and gloves.
- Home health workers must be masked when inside of clients’ homes. If taking breaks/meals inside a client’s home, the worker must stay at least 6 feet from others in the home.
- Note that home healthcare workers should wear surgical masks and consider also wearing a face shield. Cloth masks are not appropriate for use by healthcare workers.
- Ask all those in the home to mask while home healthcare workers are on site.
- Screen every employee for symptoms before every shift or have each employee complete a self-checker and prevent them from remaining on site if they have cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell.
- It is not necessary to conduct on-site temperature measurement for staff. If you measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher to remain on-site.
- Have sick leave policies in place so that employees excluded from the workplace do not lose earnings.
- If an employee develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others in the home besides the patient when making home visits.
- Employers must provide hand sanitizer to workers for use before and after all patient visits.
- Home health workers should perform hand hygiene before entering each client’s home, after entering the home before conducting patient care, as needed throughout the visit, and after leaving the home.
- Note that hand hygiene should be performed before and after touching the mask whether inside or outside of the client’s home
- Wipe down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant at least every 4 hours. See CDC guidance for details.
- Educate employees about symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.
- Remind staff who are sick or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days to stay home and follow CDC quarantine guidelines. Staff without any symptoms may end their quarantine period after
- Day 10 without testing, OR
- Day 7 after receiving a negative test result (lab-based or rapid) after day 5.
- Staff who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with coronavirus if they meet all of the following criteria:
- They are fully vaccinated, and it has been at least 2 weeks following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND,
- They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
- Vaccination is not 100% effective.
- Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
- Anyone who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
- After vaccination you must still wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid crowds.
- CDC Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for COVID-19
- PA COVID-19 Information for Health Care Facilities
- Guidance to calculate your isolation and quarantine period (PDF)
- Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
- Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.