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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the criteria for evaluating or testing patients for COVID-19?

Find the most up-to-date criteria for Hawaii at the Hawai’i Department of Health website.

Are there work restrictions recommended for healthcare providers (HCP) with underlying health conditions who may care for COVID-19 patients? What about for pregnant HCP?

Adherence to recommended infection prevention and control practices is an important part of protecting HCP and patients in healthcare settings. All HCP who care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients should adhere to standard and transmission based precautions.

To the extent feasible, healthcare facilities could consider prioritizing HCP who are not at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 or who are not pregnant to care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

If staffing shortages make this challenging, facilities could consider restricting HCP at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or who are pregnant from being present for higher risk procedures (e.g., aerosol-generating procedures) on COVID-19 patients. Find more information for facilities on mitigating HCP staffing shortages.

HCP who are concerned about their individual risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions while caring for COVID-19 patients can discuss their concerns with their supervisor or occupational health services.

People 65 years and older and people of all ages with serious underlying health conditions — like serious heart conditions, chronic lung disease, and diabetes — seem to be at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

Information on COVID-19 in pregnancy is limited. Pregnant women are not currently considered at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  However, pregnant women have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza. Find more information on pregnancy and risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

I am a HCP living with someone who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. What precautions should I take?

Take the same precautions recommended for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. There are no additional precautions for HCP. Some HCP may choose to implement extra measures when arriving home from providing healthcare, such as removing any clothing worn during delivery of healthcare, taking off shoes, washing clothing, and immediately showering. However, these are optional personal practices because there is insufficient evidence on whether they are effective.

Please check back frequently to see new and updated resources.

Plan for sector reopening (coming soon)

The Navigator’s office is actively working with a diverse set of representatives from across this industry to develop industry-specific reopening health guidelines. These health guidelines are designed to help businesses prepare for reopening by providing clear guidance on key topics including, but not limited to:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Employee health and personal hygiene
  • Customer expectations
  • Social distancing
  • Facility safety
  • Employee support

We are also compiling industry best practices and other material to help support you over the coming months. Please check back soon for updates!