COVID 19

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak dominating news coverage around the world, our goal is to bring you the very latest information from federal, state, and local leaders regarding this virus.  Please scroll down for a variety of important information and resources below that are most pertinent to the work of Louisiana's Community Health Centers.
 

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCESUpdated 04/6/2020coronavirus

LPCA continues to monitor the COVID-19 progression in Louisiana, the impact it has on health centers, and how we can provide support during this public health emergency. 

The COVID-19 virus is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available.

NEW:  Answering the Call: Louisiana's Community Health Center Response to COVID-19

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) FAQs
HRSA’s FAQs include requirements and expectations for health centers, information on how to prepare for a surge in patient load, and more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the chief federal agency in chage of addressing this outbreak.
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and the Office of Public Health are working around the clock to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Louisiana.  To prevent the spread of infection, the Louisiana Department of Health is heavily engaged in priority public health actions.   Every day, twice a day, they update the state's coronavirus cases map  


Testing, Supplies, & PPE Information

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing
Clinical laboratories LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics announced COVID-19 testing availability. According to a LabCorp press release, the test is available for ordering by physicians or other authorized healthcare providers anywhere in the U.S. The test detects the presence of the underlying virus that causes COVID-19 and is for use with patients who meet current guidance for evaluation of infection with COVID-19. Learn more.

CDC Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations

Based on the current COVID-19 situation and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), CDC has specific recommendations, summarized below. As we learn more about COVID-19 and as the needs of the response or availability of PPE within U.S. healthcare facilities changes, CDC will update their guidance, CDC Health Care Supply PPE»

Who needs PPE:
  • Patients with confirmed or possible SARS-CoV-2 infection should wear a facemask when being evaluated medically.
  • Health care personnel should adhere to Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection (e.g., goggles or a face shield) when caring for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. These precautions include the use of PPE, including NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, gowns, gloves, face shield/eye protection, etc. This includes, but is not limited to, surgical N95 respirators.
Who does not need PPE:
  • The CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use face masks. Instead, CDC recommends following everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) News & Updates for Health Centers (Latest Update: 3/27/20)

Sam’s Club is offering nitrile gloves (described as exam-grade for medical professionals) on their website for delivery.  Shipping is higher than normal, and earliest delivery date is Tuesday, April 7th, unless you pay for expedited shipping to receive on April 2nd at a delivery cost about 4.5 times regular shipping.

We received information from Aledade that as of early afternoon March 26, 2020, these products are available in these stores:

Alexandria Sam’s - Hand soap, gloves, cleaning supplies 
Lafayette Sam’s - Gloves, cleaning supplies, Clorox 
Lafayette Costco - gloves and hand soap.  Another truck coming Friday but not sure what will be on it. These items are not available on line at Costco as of 3/26/2020.

Additional Contacts for Supplies (PDF)

3M Technical Bulletin (PDF)


Health Center Labor & Workforce Resources

U.S. Department of Labor: U.S. EEOC: Louisiana Workforce Commission: BSW COVID-19 Preparedness Resource Center: Capital Link:  

Audio & Digital Resources

Now Available:  Prepare Not Panic: COVID-19 CDC Update and the Health Center Response
NACHC released the webinar recording, slides and transcript from their March 6 webinar. This webinar provided information on how health centers can continue to prepare an organized response to COVID-19; share clinical protocols nationwide; and build systems in partnership with federal, state authorities, local public health departments, and community stakeholders to boost the health center response strategy.
The Louisiana Primary Care Association is hosting a weekly call with Community Health Center members regarding the latest information and updates.


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