Guidance

Hospitals Needing Medical Supplies and PPE


The Georgia Department of Economic Development has provided this updated list of Georgia manufacturers who are producing essential medical supplies and PPE for hospitals.


FEMA Approves WEBEOC Data Submission 

Data submission to FEMA or to GHA911 is no longer required by hospitals. FEMA has provided permission for the single point of data (WEBEOC EEI board) entry. Please see the attached letter from Gracia Szczech, the FEMA Regional Administrator for Region IV, This new guidance about WEBEOC submissions being sufficient will satisfy VP Mike Pence's data request that was originally requested hereYou no longer need to submit this FEMA report daily.

Please also see the updated guidance about transfers to the Georgia World Congress Center. Remember, any hospital in Georgia can transfer patients to this facility.


COVID-19 and HIPAA: 
Disclosures to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders and public health authorities
Information on allowing a covered entity to share the name or other identifying information of an individual who has been infected with, or exposed to, COVID-19 with law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities without an individual’s authorization.


Reporting Possible Cases of COVID-19 to DPH

Physicians/Facilities with a Suspect Patient Under Investigation:

If you have a patient who you feel should be tested for COVID-19, follow the steps below.

  1. Refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Guidance for Clinicians to Report Possible Cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Click here for up-to-date Clinician Guidance
    • Please read the guidance in its entirety.
  2. The request for testing needs to be made through 1-866-PUB-HLTH. Ask to speak to a medical epidemiologist (if you don’t ask to speak to a medical epidemiologist, it will take even longer to get a response).

Please refrain from sending individuals to the health department for testing. The capability for testing is coordinated between local health care facilities, Georgia Public Health Lab (GPHL) and DPH Medical Epidemiologists and sent to the CDC or GPHL for testing.

Local Partners:

  • Please only use 1-866-PUB-HLTH if you have a patient who needs testing.
  • Do NOT use this number for general health questions.
  • Planning and response questions need to be sent through local/district public health.
  • Click here to find the appropriate contact information for your area.

Individuals:

If you recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of travel OR if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19:

  • Call your private physician or local/district public health.
  • Click here to find the appropriate contact information for your area.

First Responders:

In response to questions from first responders about the ability of a first responder agency or transporting EMS agency to know the COVID-19 status for those they care for, DPH issued this letter to clarify previous guidance.