2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

DPH News Release - Travelers Returning to Georgia from China Self-Monitoring for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms

Compendium of CDC Guidance on 2019-nCoV

[R. Bartlett notes.] There was a CDC webinar today (Tuesday) talking about optimizing the use of respirators and N-95s.  A lot of the guidance goes back to previous preparations we have done for pandemics, SARS and Ebola.  There was also some discussion about the potential for 'extended use' of N-95s if we get into short supply situations, and the CDC team said that they would work on interim guidance for this contingency if the situation gets to that point.  

There were a number of references and documents presented.  I thought I would put together links to some of these, and related 2019-nCoV guidance, on one page for the reader's convenience.  We will also explore putting this on our website for future reference.

Live Stream at Augusta University Medical Center

Augusta University Medical Center in collaboration with Augusta University’s Center of Operational Medicine and the Office of Critical Events, Preparedness, and Response will host a panel discussion, that will provide insight and answer questions regarding the challenges potentially facing our healthcare community.

Dr. William Wilde and Dr. Amado Baez will present at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in the Lee Auditorium at Augusta University Medical Center.  CEPaR and the East Central Georgia Healthcare Coalition have arranged for this event to be livestreamed.  Please utilize the link to participate in this event remotely.  The link will be live at 10:45 am, prior to the event.  The presentation will also be recorded, for future review. Click here to watch the live stream.

NEW!!!  Updated Guidance for Healthcare Providers from the Georgia Department of Public Health

(Feb. 4): Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp released an updated guidance for clinicians to report possible cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Click here to read this report.

Offical CDC Health Update

(Feb. 1): Click here to read this report.

Flowchart to Identify and Assess 2019 Novel Coronavirus