Measures to reduce emergency department staff exposure to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 have focused on screening and use of personal protective equipment. Reducing the time and intensity of interactions with individuals with known or suspected cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is also desirable, insofar as such reductions do not compromise the quality or outcomes of care. The situation of an acute stroke emergency is a particularly vulnerable situation for exposure and transmission, since a substantial proportion of patients are unable to provide a history to screen them out for COVID-19.
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