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Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers (Mar. 30, 2020)

Published March 30, 2020.

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Background

Healthcare facilities are discharging COVID-19 patients to home or long-term care facilities when clinically indicated. Some of these patients still need to remain in isolation with transmission-based precautions. Providers should be aware of the following guidelines for discontinuing isolation and droplet precautions for the safety of household members, healthcare workers in long-term care facilities and the general public.

Healthcare workers serve on the front line of this pandemic. Review the criteria for return to work for healthcare personnel with confirmed or suspected covid-19. Make sure sick personnel stay home for the recommended time, so they do not infect other staff and patients.

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Reporting

Healthcare providers should call (253) 798-6410 to report COVID-19 cases in people below. If the person lives or works in a high-risk setting, include their role there.

  • Healthcare workers (e.g., EMS, medical, nursing, any healthcare facility employee).
  • Public safety workers (e.g., law enforcement, firefighter).
  • People who live or work in a long-term care facility, senior living center, permanent supportive housing or similar congregate setting (e.g., shelter, correctional facility) housing people at high risk for severe outcomes.
  • Anyone who died with COVID-19.

Situation update

  • As of March 30, Pierce County has 352 cases of COVID-19 and 6 deaths.
  • Washington Disease Reporting System is experiencing technical difficulties. When the system comes back online, we expect these numbers will increase.

Graph of COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. For more information, call (253) 798-6410.
 

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Contacting the Health Department

  • Urgent issues—Call (253) 798-6410 and press 0 to reach a live person.
  • Non-urgent issues—Call (253) 798-6534 and leave a message. Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.

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