The requirement to isolate yourself for 14 days if identified as a close contact will be changed for healthcare professionals who have previously tested positive for Covid-19.
According to The Irish Times, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has approved the decision for health care workers to be considered immune six months after the contract of the virus, increasing the current limit of three months.
The move will mean that a worker who has previously tested positive will not be required to isolate if they are subsequently identified as a close contact of another confirmed case, thus reducing the pressure on health care by requiring fewer staff members. to miss work due to isolation,
The health service came under great pressure at the beginning of this year, when a large part of the staff were unavailable for work because they had tested positive for Covid themselves, or were identified as a close contact.
The Department of Health said the HSE is currently reviewing the policy on the recommendation of Nphet.
Continued improvement today in those hospitals (550) & in ICU (135) with #COVID, Our care teams are exhausted. But getting their vaccination and the big signs of reducing transmission gives us all a second wind. We win, it’s just not over yet. @HSELive
– Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) February 27, 2021
This comes as the number of patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital has dropped to the lowest level since New Year’s Day.
HSE chief Paul Reid said Ireland was winning its battle against the virus, but warned “it is not over yet”.
There are now 550 patients with the virus being treated in hospitals around the country, of which 135 are in intensive care.