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Home Discharge Guidance for Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients

Last update: March 23, 2020

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The decision to send the patient home should be made in consultation with the patient’s clinical care team and the infection prevention/infectious diseases panel. We recommend using the following criteria for discharge:

  • Resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without use of antipyretic medication
  • Significant improvement in illness signs and symptoms, including no oxygen supplementation requirement, or back to stable chronic oxygen supplementation requirement, and requiring minimal supportive care
  • Consider patient’s ability to adhere to home isolation recommendations and potential risk of secondary transmission to household members with immunocompromising conditions or who are healthcare workers
  • Ensure that patient is able to manage ADL/iADLs independently or has enough available support at home
  • Recommend that patient has enough support to receive 2 weeks of food and other necessary supplies (including all required medications) while isolated at home
  • Print and review CDC recommendations on “Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”
  • Print and review CDC recommendations for caregiver(s) on “Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities”
  • Provide 1 surgical facemask (yellow) and a paper bag (for storage when not used) to patients who are discharging home to wear when they are around other people
  • Home isolation may be discontinued once the following conditions are met (per CDC guidance):
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
    • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

*Note: Discharge guidance is based upon limited information and is subject to change as more information becomes available.


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