Health Officials: COVID-19 Testing Is Not Required And Not Feasible For Those Returning To Work Following An Illness

Thu 3-19-2020

(Spencer)-- Healthcare providers and emergency departments at local hospitals say they've been contacted by citizens who state they're being required by their employer to be screened for COVID-19 prior to being permitted to return to work following an illness.

Public health officials say testing of people who do not meet the Iowa Department of Public Health's screening protocol is not necessary or feasible.

Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say those who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever and any other symptoms for atleast 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines.