Coronavirus Information & Resources

Prepared to Care

In response to the global spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), NCHA has compiled quick links to information, resources and guidance for hospitals and healthcare professionals. The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is updated daily online here and global cases are listed here. North Carolina’s hospitals are working around the clock to care for patients and prepare for a projected surge in patient volume. Many are taking unprecedented measures to expand their ability to care for current and anticipated COVID-19 cases, not to mention other urgent healthcare needs. And for that, we are grateful. Please show your support for their efforts on the frontlines fighting this virus by doing your part — staying home, washing your hands and social distancing.

 

     

Member Assistance

If your organization has an unresolved COVID-19 issue that NCHA can help with, click below to fill out an online request form. Please note that your emergency manager should work with their Healthcare Coalition for urgent supply and other tactical needs

Resources for Hospitals


NEW Resource: Campaigns and Marketing Overview with ideas on how to use marketing materials to educate and inform your community on testing, tracing, and prevention. We encourage you to use this resource and the campaign materials available on the NC DHHS website to continue engaging your community.

 

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

 

UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

  • New Secretarial Orders 4 and 5 were added here
  • New Fact Sheet: Connecting Residents to COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Support
  • New Flyers added to Whatever Your Reason page
  • Updated NCS Access Points can be found here
  • New pages related to SlowCOVIDNC – the official exposure notification app of NC DHHS:

 

UPDATED reports since the last update include:

  • Updated CLI Surveillance report
  • Updated Outbreaks and Clusters reports
  • Updated Risk Factors for Severe Illness report
  • Updated Patients Presumed to be Recovered report

NEW EVENTS ADDED to the community testing events page

UPDATED Contact Tracing numbers

Situational Awareness Dashboard

Novel Coronavirus Summary & Index page

Telehealth

Clinical Guidance

Facility Guidance


CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary & Index page

Health Professional Guidance

Health Facility Guidance

PPE and Respirator Guidance

Testing Information

Reports

Coding Guidelines

Temporary Change in Bed Capacity — DHSR has developed the attached policy, effective immediately, to enable hospitals to receive a temporary waiver of some 10A NCAC 13B .3111 requirements (90% occupancy, 60 day limitation) to serve patients that may be stricken by COVID-19. The hospital should provide a written request for a specific number of beds, along with a description of the space to be used and the anticipated duration of need. Requests should be addressed to the DHSR Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section Chief, Azzie Conley, by email at Azzie.Conley@dhhs.nc.gov.

 

NCHA Rural Plan for Medical Surge 

NCHA has developed a rural plan, that is also being utilized by the state, to encourage use of rural hospitals both prior to and during a medical surge for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Our rural hospitals must remain financially solvent, keeping their doors open in order to serve their communities both prior to and following COVID-19. The plan highlights opportunities for further discussion, as well as potential considerations regarding waivers, workforce, transportation, telehealth, and state government’s vital role in this work. For more information about this plan, please contact Shakeerah McCoy, NCHA Director of Rural Health Innovation at smccoy@ncha.org.

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