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.
The following guide can assist in identifying if a person should be a PUI (Person Under Investigation) for COVID-19.
If you identify a PUI for COVID-19, contact your local or state health department immediately. Testing for COVID-19 will be facilitated by your local health department.
It is recommended that Medical First Responders, Emergency Personnel and Healthcare Workers utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) immediately if there a person is suspected to be a PUI for COVID-19. Place a face mask on the patient and place the patient in an isolation room.
For more details, please visit the CDC website.
If you have a PUI (Person Under Investigation) for COVID-19, contact your local health department or CDC immediately. CDC has developed a laboratory testing kit using respiratory specimens (both upper and lower) . The lab kit is intended to be used by laboratories certified by the CDC and will not be available in US hospitals or primary care settings.
The CDC is currently working 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.