Coronavirus Guidance and Resources for Our Providers
Spotlight News 9.22.20:
Preparing Your Practice for Flu Season
This fall-and-winter flu season will be unlike any before it, since not only will flu viruses be spreading, but so will COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked with flu-vaccine manufacturers to produce extra vaccine for this flu season, with manufacturers already beginning to distribute it. Practices are strongly encouraged to order their flu vaccines now, and to make sure all staff members get vaccinated.
It’s also more important than ever this year to promote patient flu vaccination, since a healthcare professional’s recommendation can strongly affect whether a patient chooses to get vaccinated.
For CDC guidance on this season’s flu vaccines, flu testing and antivirals: https://bit.ly/3kbn2BH
For flu-vaccine product availability and ordering information from the NC Immunization Branch:
- Private practices and providers: https://bit.ly/3k3LBAk
- Local health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics: https://bit.ly/3m8mOwT
The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has shared informational resources to deal with the new realities of treating patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Links to those resources we feel may be most useful to our partner practices appear in the date-organized list below.
- Updated by 11 a.m. daily / COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard, a list of active cases and total deaths for our state
- 8.18.20 / NC Medical Society: Free PPE for Independent Practices
- 7.28.20 / Printable CDC COVID-19 safety posters for classrooms, medical offices
- 5.15.20 / (UPDATED) Information on COVID-19 Testing for Patients
- 4.7.20 / Interim Additional Guidance for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings
- 3.29.20 / (UPDATED, SECOND TIME) COVID-19 Provider Guidance
- 3.23.20 / (UPDATED) COVID-19 Outpatient Triage and Assessment Guidance
- 3.19.20 / NCDHS COVID-19 webinar for practices
NCDHHS has launched a Thursday-afternoon webinar series for our state’s healthcare providers, to address the tremendous challenges posed by COVID-19. For more information and to register for the webinar, go here.
- 3.16.20 / Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Patients with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19
- 3.12.20 / Interim Guidance for Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) While Caring for Patients with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19
- UNDATED / Consolidation of existing NCDHHS healthcare guidance; scroll down to “Health” section.
- UNDATED / Consolidation of NCDHHS COVID-19 state updates, by week
Other trusted sources for information and updates, all of whom have devoted large portions of their websites to COVID-19: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vidant Health.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has posted a set of guidelines for physicians and other medical professionals wanting to assist communities across the country being hit hardest by COVID-19. The AMA resource includes both a list of opportunities for volunteering, including embattled states directly asking for medical assistance with the influx of confirmed cases and related hospitalizations, as well as important factors that potential volunteers should weigh prior to signing up to help.