ATTENTION AS of MARCH 25, to MAY 31, 2020:
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus
The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is waiving routine TB clearance requirements for selected groups to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The suspension will support social distancing in the community to protect the public, especially vulnerable seniors and individuals with medical conditions that could increase their risk for COVID-19.
TB clearances for the following are suspended through May 31, 2020:
- Annual clearance for healthcare workers
- Annual clearance for patients in long-term care facilities
- Food handlers
- Children entering childcare, preschool or school (K-12th grade)
- Post-secondary school students and employees
The Department of Health continues to require TB clearances for new healthcare workers, new childcare and school employees, and new residents of long-term care facilities. DOH will continue to provide full evaluation and treatment of patients with active TB as well as those who have been exposed to individuals with active TB.
Official DOH media release: 20-022-TB-Clearance-for-selected-groups
To reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in the state by providing effective prevention, detection, treatment, and educational services.
Program Services and Activities
- Offer diagnosis and treatment of TB.
- Ensure that all cases and suspected cases of TB are identified and that appropriate therapy is provided.
- Provide preventive therapy for patients at high risk of developing TB disease including contacts of active cases, persons who are HIV positive, and those with evidence of untreated TB.
- Conduct direct TB services including chest X-ray, sputum smear and culture for mycobacteria, tuberculin skin testing, treatment with anti-tuberculosis therapy, and directly observed therapy (DOT) through TB clinics on the four most heavily populated islands.
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This page last updated: April 1, 2020