2019 Coronavirus for health providers
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Testing for the virus is currently available only at CDC. To arrange for testing of an Oregon patient, please contact Klamath County Public Health at 541.882.8846.
All specimens should be stored on 2–8°F and shipped on an ice pack. Label each specimen container with:
- the patient’s ID number (e.g., medical record number)
- unique specimen ID (e.g., laboratory requisition number)
- specimen type (e.g., serum) and
- the date the sample was collected.
We would like you to collect specimens from the lower respiratory tract, the upper respiratory tract, and serum. Full specimen guidance is here.
For the most up to date information, go to the CDC website for health care and infection control providers.
Healthcare infection control
CDC recommends standard, contact, and airborne precautions with eye protection for healthcare workers evaluating a possible case of COVID-2019. When possible, use phone triage and assessment to do a detailed travel history and determine if patients who might have COVID-2019 needs to be seen in person.
Follow guidance from your facility’s infection control practitioners which may include the following:
- Use a negative pressure room if available; regardless of the type room being used, keep exam room door closed.
- If a person with possible COVID-2019 arrives unexpectedly, mask the patient and room them promptly.
- If the patient is already in the clinic or waiting room, mask and room them immediately
- If possible, schedule possible COVID-2019 patients as the last patient of the day.
- If feasible, consider patient evaluation outdoors at least 30 feet away from others. Once the patient is masked, escort the patient into the building for rooming.
- If possible, suspected COVID-2019 patients should be escorted into the building via an entrance that allows them to access an exam room without exposing others.
- Minimize the number of healthcare workers interacting with the patient; caregivers should follow CDC guidance, which includes eye protection and an N-95 mask or higher level of respiratory protection.
- Collect all specimens and perform clinical interventions in the exam room if possible.
- The exam room should not be used until 2 hours after the patient has left and the room has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- Patients who are under evaluation for COVID-2019 may isolate at home if they are not sick enough to be admitted. See CDC guidance for home care.