COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Response Tools
Welcome to the COVID-19 and respiratory virus response page for Fred Hutch providers and staff. This page includes guidelines and other tools to use in caring for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center patients. The information presented in the documents is subject to change pending guidance from the CDC, WHO and/or Public Health – Seattle & King County. If you are a non-Fred Hutch provider and would like to use any content on the page, please request permission by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional mask option available (updated January 18, 2022)
Located at entry points are a variety of protective masks from which you may choose. If wearing a medical-grade mask from home, SCCA cannot guarantee your protection from splash or spray. Change into a Level 3 procedure mask, or don one over your mask from home.
The BYD N95 respirator mask may provide a better fit for some and be more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Having the best fit for your mask is important to protecting yourself and our patients.
The BYD N95 respirator is NOT an alternative to fitted respirators required for airborne or aerosol precautions. Before using any respirator provided by SCCA, you must complete the “SCCA 2022 Respiratory Protection Training” module in the SCCA LMS. N95 respirators worn while seeing patients in Airborne or Aerosol precautions must also be fit-tested.
For adequate fluid barrier protection, an ASTM Level 3 mask must be worn over the BYD N95 respirator mask when splash/spray risk exists.
If you choose to provide your own respirator, please refer to SCCA’s policy for that guidance.
Donning and doffing video instructions
Airborne/Contact Precautions Video – Gown, gloves, N-95, face shield
Airborne/Contact Precautions Video – Gown, gloves, PAPR
Droplet Precautions Video – Gown, gloves, mask with attached face shield
Employee health information
COVID exposures, symptom screening, testing, and other information
If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, you must stay home and complete the COVID-19 Symptom Screening Survey below:
If you have a known exposure to someone who is COVID positive, complete the COVID-19 Screening Survey below. Depending on the risk level of that exposure you may be required to stay home from work.
- COVID-19 screening survey - you will be contacted by a nurse to discuss your exposure, determine if quarantine or testing are required, and review next steps with you.
Please read Employee Exposure Guidance for COVID-19 to help answer any immediate questions you may have.
First, please refer to Employee Exposure Guidance for COVID-19 to help answer any immediate questions you may have. This policy is applicable to SCCA employees and providers.
You can also contact our clinic during business hours (8am to 4pm M-F) at (206) 606-2500 or email us at email@example.com.
- Monday-Friday, SCCA Employee Health will respond to your message/survey as soon as we can the following day
- Weekend or Holidays, resources are a bit slim right now, but we will have someone available in the near future. For now, simply leave a voicemail on our main line (206) 606-2500 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you as soon as possible
- In the case of an emergency, you can also page Infection Prevention at (206) 559-1059
SCCA provided COVID-19 rapid antigen tests FAQ
Beginning on Monday, January 24th, SCCA Employee Health has started sending rapid COVID-19 antigen tests to staff who meet the following criteria:
- Tested positive for COVID-19 January 23rd or later
- AND are essential on-campus staff
- AND have informed Employee Health of their Positive Test (if tested in the community/outside of SCCA)
The purpose of these rapid COVID-19 antigen tests is to shorten the time that positive staff must stay home from work. A positive staff member may take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on the 5th day after their symptoms start. If this rapid antigen test is negative and the employee's symptoms have significantly improved, they may return to in-person work on day 6.
No. Rapid antigen tests are only being mailed to staff who tested positive after January 23rd and have a role that is considered essential (i.e., you cannot work from home). Employee Health will be conducting no on-site rapid antigen testing. Do not show up at the Employee Health clinic and ask for a test, you will be turned away.
If you have tested positive before January 23rd, we did not have a supply of rapid COVID-19 antigen test kits to send out.
If you have tested positive after January 23rd and have a role that is considered essential (i.e., you cannot work from home) Employee Health will be mailing you a test via Fedex 2-day shipping. There is no need to request a test kit directly from Employee Health.
SCCA Employee Health will only replace rapid antigen tests if all the following criteria are met:
- The SCCA staff member tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test
- AND the SCCA staff member used the rapid test on the 5th and/or 7th day post-symptom start date in accordance with the contingency Return to Work Guidelines available on PolicyStat.
- AND the rapid antigen test used is FDA-approved
To request a replacement test, please email email@example.com with the following information: name, phone number, location where you took your PCR test, date you took your PCR test, date your positive PCR result came back, the manufacturer of the rapid antigen test used, and the date(s) the rapid antigen test was used.
SCCA Employee Health cannot guarantee which type of rapid antigen test will be given as a replacement, as supply is limited and manufacturers may vary.
It is the employee's responsibility to report the result of their COVID-19 rapid antigen test to their manager. We are trusting the employee to report the test results accurately to their manager and to return to on-site work as soon as they are safely able to.
Yes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a rapid antigen test. Please include the following information: your name, phone number, mailing address, location where you took your PCR test, date you took your PCR test, and your symptoms start date.