We will post current events that the Coalition is preparing for and responding to within our Region:
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and local health officials statewide are monitoring developments surrounding the respiratory outbreak first detected in Wuhan, China caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This is a rapidly evolving situation. To provide the latest local information and updates to Virginians, VDH has developed a novel coronavirus webpage. This webpage provides important information about the outbreak and offers resources for healthcare providers.
Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Public health officials are still learning about 2019-CoV and how it affects people. Some people who have become ill with 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms. Others have had more severe illness, including some deaths. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Although 2019-nCoV is spreading between people in parts of Asia, scientists do not yet know how easily it spreads. Closely related viruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) mainly spread from person-to-person through close contact or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
VDH is encouraging health care providers to ask patients about recent international travel and consider 2019-nCoV infection in patients who have traveled to Wuhan, China within 14 days of the onset of symptoms, including fever and respiratory symptoms. When potential cases are reported, laboratory samples are collected and submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. These cases are called Patients Under Investigation.
Continuing updates from VDH are found here.
The Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program under the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has gathered guidance and FAQs and posted them on their website for easier viewing and rapid reference. The links on the website are from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS). Please continue to check their website for updates on this developing situation. This information will remain linked from our website on this page until the event ends.
CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) response team will host a series of national calls, beginning this week from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 21, to provide state and local partners with the latest information on the novel coronavirus outbreak and U.S. preparedness efforts.
Invited participants include state, local, and territorial preparedness directors, state epidemiologists, state health officials, public health laboratory directors, and nongovernmental partners. Participant information can be found below.
Participant Passcode: 1324420
For your convenience, call series dates are provided below.
• Monday, January 27
• Monday, February 3
• Monday, February 10
• Monday, February 24
• Monday, March 2
Thank you for your continued cooperation and collaboration with the healthcare coalition. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If your facility is experiencing an emergency and needs regional support, please call us at our toll-free 24/7 RHCC Emergency Activation line: 1-855-469-7422.