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Universal Source Control

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

Universal Source Control is used to address asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, implement source control for everyone entering a healthcare facility (e.g., healthcare personnel, patients, visitors), regardless of symptoms.

  • This action is recommended to help prevent transmission from infected individuals who may or may not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Cloth face coverings are not considered PPE as they are not designed to protect healthcare personnel (HCP) in healthcare settings. Facemasks, if available, should be reserved for HCP.
  • For visitors and patients, a cloth face covering may be appropriate. If a visitor or patient arrives to the healthcare facility without a cloth face covering, a facemask may be used for source control if supplies are available.

Prior to allowing access to the healthcare center, actively screen everyone for fever and/or other symptoms of COVID-19.

As community transmission intensifies within a region, healthcare facilities could consider foregoing contact tracing for exposures in a healthcare setting in favor of universal source control for HCP and screening for fever and symptoms before every shift.