Coronavirus Updates and Resources Available for Hospitals
Posted on February 13, 2020
The MHA is working with various state and federal agencies to provide members with current information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to support the local and state response to the outbreak. The department is providing updated resources for Michigan and working closely with others to actively monitor any potential cases of COVID-19 in the state. As of Feb. 13, no cases of the virus have been substantiated in Michigan. The latest developments in screening, reporting and prevention are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Hospital Association.
The CDC recently released guidance to help healthcare personnel conserve the supply of personal protective equipment. It is preparing for the possibility that the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. could become more serious and is taking steps to ensure there are enough supplies and appropriate guidance to prevent spread of disease, especially among healthcare personnel caring for patients with COVID-19 or similar infectious diseases. The CDC recommends that all hospitals follow interim guidance on infection control to provide the appropriate level of care for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
While the emergence of new viruses is a concern, annual influenza infections in the U.S. during the last 10 years have caused more than 45 million infections and 60,000 deaths annually. The best prevention for respiratory illnesses, in general, are to wash hands often with soap and water, stay home when ill and get recommended vaccinations. Preliminary development has begun for a COVID-19 vaccine. The MHA provides guidance on healthcare personnel vaccination for influenza and other infectious diseases on its website.
Questions regarding COVID-19 and infectious disease response strategies should be directed to Brittany Bogan or Rob Wood at the MHA.
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