This plan was provided by The American College of Emergency Physicians. It informs health care personnel, public health, and government officials at all levels of the necessary capabilities that must be present for successful emergency department management of an outbreak of COVID-19. It also enumerates the necessary actions that must be taken to attain these capabilities. The performance of the necessary actions will fall to parties including professional associations, government entities at the federal, state and local levels, public health officials and departments at the federal, state and local levels, and hospitals – administrators, medical staff, nursing and support services. Those entities should undertake the necessary operational planning to assure their performance prior to, during and following an outbreak of COVID-19. The plan serves as a guide for emergency departments to address the interdependencies that are necessary for successful management of such an incident. The goal of this guidance is to protect the health care infrastructure and ensure the delivery of emergency medical treatment during a large-scale epidemic or pandemic.
National Strategic Plan for ED Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks
March 16, 2020
Governor Hochul’s Emergency Declaration Triggers Surge and Flex System
New York Governor Kathy Hochul just hours ago declared a disaster emergency beginning December 3, 2021 through January 15, 2022 in response to increasing COVID-19 transmission rates and hospital admissions. Among other things, the Governor’s declaration allows the State to utilize the Surge and Flex system to increase hospital capacity, including by postponing non-essential elective...
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Fatality Management Document Portal & Resource Hub for NYC Hospitals
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NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner Offers Surplus Mortuary Equipment to NYC Hospitals
In continuation of its demobilization activities, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is offering mortuary equipment at no cost to New York City hospitals seeking to increase their morgue capacity. Numerous items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Detailed descriptions and photos can be found in the attached document. Interested...
June 17, 2021