It is recommended that Medical First Responders, Emergency Personnel and Healthcare Workers utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All Healthcare Workers who will directly provide care for people with suspected Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection will need to follow Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions.
First Responders and Drivers or any persons involved in direct patient care including moving and loading the patients on stretchers and beds need to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
If entering a closed compartment such as a vehicle or care unit after completing patient care, all persons involved in direct care of patients with suspected Coronavirus disease COVID-19 must remove and safely discard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform hand hygiene to prevent contamination.
All Healthcare personnel should avoid touching their face while working.
On arrival to a Hospital or treatment center, all Healthcare personnel must safely discard all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform hand hygiene to prevent contamination.
With community spread and new presentations being noted in many parts of the world, testing criteria is rapidly changing. Current CDC guidelines recommend testing based on priority level and test availability.
Clinicians considering testing of persons with possible COVID-19 should continue to work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing. Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested.
Priorities for testing from the CDC are: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
If you need to test a PUI (Person under investigation) for COVID-19, check with your local health department or hospital for testing options. Many private laboratories now offer commercially approved testing.
Work is currently underway on a serology test to determine if a person has been exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. This test will look for antibodies to the virus and determine if a person has had an immune response to the virus, allowing identification of infected persons who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.
For more information on the test kit and testing criteria, please visit the CDC site for laboratories:
Healthcare providers should promptly inform and notify the necessary agencies including infection control personnel at their healthcare facility and their local or state health department in the event of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19.