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Covid-19: North Dakota and Belgium have let infected health staff work on wards

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4455 (Published 16 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4455

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  1. Joanne Silberner
  1. Seattle

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 …

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