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Interim infection prevention and control guidance for veterinary clinics during the COVID-19 response
  • Published Date:
    July 17, 2020
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  • Description:
    Updated July 17, 2020 Summary of Recent Changes Revisions were made on June 17, 2020 to reflect the following: • The time frame before an individual should return to work after no fever without fever-reducing medication was changed from at least 72 hours to at least 24 hours. Revisions were made on June 12, 2020 to reflect the following: • Updates were made to refine recommendations for ending home isolation and PPE guidelines based on results from validated SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR diagnostic assays. Revisions were made on May 12, 2020 to reflect the following: • A section on PPE extended use and reuse was added. CDC guidance for COVID-19 may be adapted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances.
  • Content Notes:
    What do we currently know about animals and COVID-19? -- Advise veterinary clinic staff who are sick to stay home -- Postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent veterinary visits -- Screen pets for exposure to COVID-19 -- Know actions to take if a pet owner has suspected or confirmed COVID-19 -- Clinical signs in animals -- Personal protective equipment (PPE) -- Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Based on Companion Animal History -- PPE Extended Use and Reuse -- Cleaning and disinfection -- Evaluating and testing animals for SARS-CoV-2 infection -- What to do if an animal tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 -- When a pet can resume normal activities -- Employees at increased risk for severe illness or outcomes -- What to tell pet owners during the COVID-19 outbreak -- Additional resources.
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