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August
2022
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17:35 PM
America/Chicago

Important COVID-19 Update (Aug. 17, 2022)

As we continue to monitor the guidance from the CDC and recent community COVID-19 numbers, we want to provide you with the latest system information for Cook Children’s. As a reminder, Cook Children’s employees are required to wear masks at ALL locations throughout the system.

 Meetings

We have changed our meeting guidelines:

  •  If you are not serving food or you do not have patients or patient families in attendance, you no longer have to social distance at any meeting spaces throughout Cook Children’s. However, you must wear your mask during these meetings.
  • If you are serving food or have a patient family in attendance, we ask that you continue to stay 3 feet from one another.

N-95 Fit Testing

  •  If Occupational Health reaches out to you for N-95 mask fitting, we ask that you participate. It is important to stay current with your N-95 mask and that it properly fits.

 If you test positive for COVID-19

As a refresher on what to do if you test positive for COVID:

  • If you are ill and have completed a home test, please save the test result by taking a photo of it. The COVID team will send you a link to upload the test.
  • Please call the COVID-19 Center at 682-303-1661 and alert Occupational Health that you have tested positive.
  • You will be placed on in-house isolation for 5 days. The isolation begins on the first day you experienced symptoms.
  • Your leader will be told by email that you are in isolation.
  • After 5 days of when you were first symptomatic, you may return to work if you are not showing any symptoms.
  • When you return to work, please follow our guidelines to wear a mask. Please wear your N-95 mask if you have been fit-tested. Otherwise, please wear an FDA-approved mask.
  • If you are still experiencing symptoms after 5 days, call the COVID-19 Center number listed above and Occupational Health will provide guidance.

 We will continue to monitor the CDC and expect more guidance for health care settings in the coming weeks.

 Thank you for your support.