COVID-19 update

Nov 2022

A reminder to all Washington State Optometrists

The mask mandate for health care facilities, which includes optometry, is still in effect until further notice. This rule was issued by Secretary of Health Umair Shah MD and is NOT affected by Governor Inslee's lifting of the State of Emergency on October 31, 2022. It is not affected by recent changes to the CDC advice regarding masking in health care settings.

WA Department of Labor and Industry rules still apply. This includes health care settings such as optometry. COVID-19 is still recognized as a workplace hazard. This requires employers to ensure certain protections and safety standards to protect workers. These include having an office safety program that addresses COVID-19 risks, exposure notifications, restrictions on COVID-19 positive workers to name a few. HERE are the L&I rules. 

HERE is the updated guidance from DOH on COVID-19 infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.

Proclamation 20-24.2 is an update of the original Proclamation 20-24.1 issued in May.

A new aspect of this Proclamation is emphasis on following the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) rules and guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE).
Your infection prevention policies should be updated to reflect the most recent practice guidelines from CDC, DOH, and L&I
Staff must be trained or updated on these policies.
Another new item is to promptly offer and make available, either on-site or by directing to an external local testing location, testing to employees who have signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Employees who may have been exposed to a workplace COVID19 exposure must be notified within 24 hours.

If PPE supplies are poor and a contingency/crisis standard of PPE is implemented, clinics must conduct randomized surveillance and testing of those with suspected COVID19 symptoms within 24 hours.






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