1. General Guidelines for dealing with Coronavirus COVID-19
PRIORITIES FOR TESTING PATIENTS WITH SUSPECTED COVID-19 INFECTION
COVID-19 Symptoms: Fever, Cough, and Shortness of Breath
PRIORITY 1 Ensures optimal care options for all hospitalized patients, lessen the risk of healthcare-associated infections, and maintain the integrity of the U.S. healthcare system • Hospitalized patients • Healthcare facility workers with symptoms.
PRIORITY 2: Ensures those at highest risk of complication of infection are rapidly identified and appropriately triaged • Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms • Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms • First responders with symptoms PRIORITY 3 As resources allow, test individuals in the surrounding community of rapidly increasing hospital cases to decrease community spread, and ensure health of essential workers • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms • Individuals who do not meet any of the above categories with symptoms • Healthcare facility workers and first responders • Individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations
PRIORITY 3: Individuals without symptoms are considered NON- PRIORITY