NYS DOH Guidance
|COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Operators Regarding Visitation: Effective immediately, all hospitals suspend visitation except when medically necessary (i.e., a visitor is essential to the care of the patient) or for family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations||3/18|
|Criteria for discontinuation of quarantine of patients with COVID-19||3/19|
|PUI Guidance: Responding to the revised CDC criteria, DOH issued updated PUI guidance||3/6|
|Dear Administrator Letter: Addresses questions sent to DOH on infection control measures, health care delivery for asymptomatic persons under monitoring, and management of health care personnel with potential exposure in a health care setting||2/25|
|Hospital Access to Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin for the Treatment of COVID-19: DOH is working collaboratively with health care practitioners who are treating certain patients hospitalized with COVID-19 to implement scientific studies and research on the efficacy and tolerability of Hydroxylchloroquine and Azithromycin. This Health Advisory outlines conditions of participation in the state-approved, FDA-authorized clinical study.||3/25|
|COVID-19 Release from Home Isolation: Revised to follow the CDC’s non-test-based strategy||3/28|
NJ DOH Guidance
NYC DOHMH Guidance
ASPR Guidance on Using CHEMPACK Assets
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has issued guidance on the use of CHEMPACK assets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Health and Health Planning Council Regulations
New York State’s Public Health and Planning Council released regulations on March 10 clarifying requirements for isolation and quarantine, and updating other areas of the code applicable to local health departments and hospitals during a communicable disease outbreak.
American College of Cardiology Guidance for the Cardiovascular Care Team
The American College of Cardiology released a clinical bulletin containing COVID-19 guidance for the cardiovascular care team. The bulletin contains current COVID-19 clinical context, acute cardiac complications, implications for patients with underlying cardiovascular conditions, and cardiac-specific preparedness recommendations.
ACOG Clinical Updates
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has collated resources for clinicians treating pregnant COVID-19 patients. Recent updates include updated guidance on frequently asked questions around personal protective equipment (PPE) and pregnant staff members, and how to manage the second stage of labor. A recording of the March 30 joint ACOG and New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative webinar featuring State faculty discussing treatment protocols and best practices for pregnant COVID-19 patients is available here.
CMS EMTALA Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum on March 9 in response to inquiries from hospitals and critical access hospitals about their compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) in light of COVID-19. The memorandum addresses screening obligations and stabilization, transfers, and recipient hospital obligations.
CMS Addresses Spread of COVID-19
CMS issued a press release on March 4 to recommend infection control practices for all health care providers. CMS also issued guidance for inspectors on visiting facilities affected by COVID-19. CMS included links to three memoranda on the suspension of survey activities and separate hospital and nursing home guidance for infection control and prevention to mitigate COVID-19.