GNYHA continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. Please see the latest updates below, including details on a rescheduled health care provider call to be held by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and updated guidance on patients under investigation (PUI) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DOH/DOHMH Health Care Provider Update Call

DOH and DOHMH will update health care providers on the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and discuss new guidance from the CDC and infection prevention considerations for facilities.

The details of the call are as follows:

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Webinar Link: Register here
Conference Line: 844-512-2950

CDC Updates and Clinician Outreach Call

CDC held a call for clinicians this afternoon and provided an update on its PUI criteria, laboratory specimen collection and submission, treatment and management of cases, and further discussion on CDC’s evolving knowledge of the virus’s epidemiology.  The updated PUI guidance now notably includes a broader geographic range, including any travel to China in the past 14 days. CDC provided the following important links for health care providers to monitor:

The CDC will also participate on a call hosted by the American Hospital Association on Monday, (February 3) at noon featuring Michael Bell, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in the CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bell will provide an update on the novel coronavirus, share advice for hospitals and health systems on how they should be preparing, and take questions. Hospitals can register here.

Interim Guidance for EMS Providers and Agencies

The New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma Systems issued a Policy Statement to provide EMS practitioners and agencies with guidance during the coronavirus outbreak. Recommendations on assessment and screening, personal protective equipment, transport, and decontamination considerations also are included.