Covid-19: North Dakota and Belgium have let infected health staff work on wardsBMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4455 (Published 16 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4455
- Joanne Silberner
Authorities in Belgium and the US state of North Dakota are allowing healthcare workers with covid-19 back to work, claiming that staff shortages necessitated the move.
On 9 November the state health officer of North Dakota signed an order specifically exempting healthcare workers from a statewide requirement that people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 isolate at home for 10 days.1 “Health care workers are exempt from this order solely for purposes of working in a covid unit within a licensed health care facility,” the order states.
The governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, said at a press conference that he wasn’t …