COVID-19: Healthcare Providers, Hospitals & Laboratories

Guidance for Healthcare Providers

Hospitals and healthcare providers

Guidance Return to Work for Healthcare

Also in Español - Orientaciones para la reincorporación del personal de atención médica al trabajo después de contraer o haber estado expuesto a COVID-19

  • Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation and make sure all employees follow the appropriate steps.
  • Review guidance for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Consider using telemedicine, nurse triage lines and other options to prevent people with mild illnesses from coming to clinics and emergency rooms.
  • Ask about travel history for patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and continue working closely with your local health department, DPH, and follow the CDC guidance.

Behavioral health and self-care

  • Fear, stigma, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder followed major infectious disease outbreaks earlier in this century, and all health care providers should be prepared for similar reactions with the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The importance of self-care during stressful times cannot be over-estimated and all health providers, including behavioral health providers, are at risk for burnout and secondary trauma.
  • Be aware of the behavioral health crisis services that are available. Some resources are included on the Individuals and Families page.


Additional information

For the latest CDC guidelines and updates visit their website: