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Cooper University Health Care COVID-19 (2019-CoV) Info


There are currently NO suspect, probable and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) at any CUHC location.  

A High Consequence Infectious Disease Incident Management Team, (HCID IMT), made up of elements of Disaster Medicine, Infectious Disease, Infection Prevention and other clinical and non-clinical experts from the Emergency Management Committee has been activated to monitor and assist CUHC as requested.

HCID IMT available 24/7 via 856-968-7900 HCID COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Incident Action Plan (Pre-Event)

COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Case Definitions/Immediate Actions

No vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) infection is available; care is supportive. The criteria for a COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) person under investigation (PUI) are subject to change and are expected to change in the coming days, weeks, months as additional information becomes known:

1. Current Criteria to Guide Evaluation of PUI for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) 
Fever (may not always be present) 
Clinical features of lower respiratory illness (cough, difficult breathing) 
AND
     o Any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) patient within 14 days of symptom onset 
OR 
     o A history of travel from Hubei Province, China within 14 days of symptom onset 
OR 
     o A history of travel from mainland China within 14 days of symptom onset 

NOTE: CDC has added  history of travel from South Korea within 14 days of symptom onset (WARNING) from Japan or Italy within 14 days of symptom onset (ALERT) and history of travel from Hong Kong or Iran within 14 days of symptom onset (Watch)  to their Travel Notices. 25FEB2020
CDC COVID-19 Related Travel Watches, Alerts & Warnings (Realtime updates)
Please take the same precautions/actions with these patients, especially by contacting the HCID IMT, and we will engage the Department of Health, NJDOH and/or CDC for further direction relative to "Official PUI status from the Authority Having Jurisdiction"

2. Patients who meet the PUI criteria should be reported immediately to the CUHC HCID IMT via 1-856-968-7900 (The CUHC HCID IMT will coordinate notification of the Health Department/s having jurisdiction.)

3. Interim Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations 
PUIs for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) should be asked to wear a surgical mask and evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally in an airborne infection isolation room if available. Healthcare personnel should use standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and eye protection (e.g., goggles or a face shield). 

4. PUIs for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) do not require admission to a biocontainment unit. Unless clinically indicated, PUIs do not require hospital admission. Recommendations for home care are available on the CDC website. This will be coordinated with the Health Department having jurisdiction.

CUHC COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Training/Materials: 

CUHC COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) SARS-CoV-2 Primer

CUHC HCID COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Binder Interim Procedures Hospital and Ambulatory Sites

CUHC COVID-19 PPE Donning & Doffing Competency Validation Checklist

CUHC COVID-19 PPE Donning and Doffing Competency Validation Instructor Guide

CUHC NETEC COVID-19 PPE Donning and Doffing Poster

CUHC COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) NETEC PPE Donning and Doffing Video (16 minutes) 

Additional Infection Control Practices/Resources:

CDC Hand Hygiene Education for Healthcare Workers

CDC Generic PPE Donning & Doffing Poster

CDC Generic Healthcare N-95 Respirator Donning and Doffing Poster

Guidelines for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings

CDC's Interim Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

CUHC HCID IMT Vetted & Approved Information:

WHO COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
CDC COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
NJDOH COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)
COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Mapping Dashboard
European Centre for Disease Control COVID-19
NEJM COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) site
The Lancet COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) site
IDSA COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) site
CUHC COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Update 7FEB2020
HCID IMT Infectious Disease SME's COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) presentation to Critical Care Medicine 9FEB2020 (1 hour YouTube)
HCID IMT Infectious Disease SME COVID-19 Media Brief 11FEB2020 (6 minutes WPHL)
HCID Travel Poster (Generic to capture all HCID's)
NJDOH "Ask For A Mask" Poster (Generic to capture all HCID's)
Ambulatory Site Requests for COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) related PPE
COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Screening Script for Operators, Call-takers and Schedulers 
NIOSH COVID-19 Materials for Healthcare Worker Protection
NETC COVID-19 Repository
SHEA COVID-19 Information Resources
Elsevier COVID-19 Information Center