Medical Staff COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020

Medical Staff COVID-19 Update

We are writing to communicate an update on COVID-19 testing guidelines and test availability. We recognize the challenges and appreciate the concerns with the historical limitations in testing access. To date we are unaware of any patients with a positive test for COVID-19 from western NC and anticipate that this will likely change as testing increases in our region.

We urge all providers to follow NC DHHS guidance based on CDC recommendations in the March 10, 2020 NC DHHS memo:

https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/coronavirus/COVID-19_Provider%20Guidance_031020.pdf

This memo includes information about the addition of commercial testing. Below are the direct links to two laboratories offering testing.

  • Labcorps

https://www.labcorp.com/tests/139900/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-naa

  • Quest

https://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/Covid-19/

If you are collecting a specimen and sending to one of these labs, you will need to report the suspected case to local health department, complete PUI form, and educate patient about isolation process. All needed documents are on NC DHHS web site.

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

Both Mission practices and public health are planning for increased options for specimen collection and testing that should be available next week. Multidisciplinary teams continue working on preparation and response to this evolving situation.

Updated information will be maintained at the Mission Health COVID-19 Website and this link will be available on the red banner bar of Mission On Demand (MOD), which is the landing page for browsers on Mission computers. This site is also available using this link from any computer through the internet.

We will be discussing at the Mission General Medical Staff Meeting on March 16th and will have Dr. Kenneth Sands, HCA Chief Epidemiologist and Patient Safety Officer, available to discuss the scope of the pandemic and HCA preparedness as a whole. Final details on location forthcoming with virtual participation option.

We recognize that you all are getting many questions and we are trying to get answers to you as soon as we have information. Please expect another communication early next week. Thank you for all you do to care for our patients and community.

William R. Hathaway, MD FACC
Chief Medical Officer

HCA Healthcare | North Carolina Division

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