We at WSHA were so impressed by the identification and handling of the first case of the Coronavirus (CoV) in the United States, which occurred in our state. Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett and the Washington State Department of Health expertly coordinated a joint-response, with the CDC also becoming involved.
The Washington State Department of Health has been efficiently and expertly coordinating the Coronavirus (CoV) response. DOH has compiled a list of resources for health care providers and has asked WSHA to assist in sharing them.
The 2019 Coronavirus (CoV) healthcare and local health department resources is available on the DOH website, and includes resources for both local public health and hospitals, and will continue to be updated. Additional resources include:
- The CDC Lab Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens, which you can refer to if you have a suspected case of CoV. Being in touch with your local public health and the DOH immediately should also be a top priority
- DOH’s travel-related infection webpage
The situation is still evolving. WSHA was part of the DOH Joint Information Center opening and will share new information as it becomes available. DOH or WSHA can also share resources for hospitals with a confirmed case of CoV, including a tracking form for healthcare workers that have cared for or are caring for patients with suspected or confirmed CoV.