WNC COVID-19 Regional Report - April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

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Friday, April 10, 2020

 

Our regional response partners are committed to providing WNC’s medical community with timely information on COVID-19 through weekly updates on regional trends, needs, resources, and training opportunities. Our goal is to foster collaboration and minimize duplication of effort to enhance our region’s COVID-19 response efforts.

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COVID-19 Spread in WNC

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Click chart to see current data. Chart courtesy of Dogwood Health Trust.

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Key Observations this Week

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The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a tremendous strain on healthcare practices and providers working on the front lines.

  • A significant number of practices, health departments, and hospitals are already stressed; many have reduced their hours and services
  • A survey of primary care practices across WNC reveals key areas of distress:
    • Only 38% will have sufficient PPE in 4 weeks due to a shortage of masks and face shields
    • Over 90% have converted to telehealth visits
    • Critical practice support needs include financial assistance, PPE, telehealth, and billing
  • Indirect impacts threaten chronic health conditions, healthcare infrastructure, and social and economic supports
  • Individuals and families with access to fewer resources are particularly vulnerable in this time

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COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets

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Practice Support Tip Sheets:

For more practice support resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Regional Response Guidance.

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Community Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients

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Please fill out this survey to help NC DHHS identify available medical staffing resources to support the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina.

PPE Requests and Donations can be made through the following resources:

  • Dogwood Health Trust is working to source and distribute PPE across the region. Visit their website.
  • Western Carolina Medical Society is working with Western Carolina University to source and distribute PPE. For more information, contact nadia@mywcms.org.
  • A PPE GoFundMe Campaign associated with WCU is raising money to purchase 12,000 surgical masks for the region. For more details, visit the GoFundMe campaign.

MANNA Food Bank Food Helpline connects individuals and families to local emergency food resources. Share the helpline, 800-820-1109, or refer to MANNA’s list of partner agencies.

Pisgah Legal Services can provide support for landlord-tenant disputes and foreclosure, IPV/domestic violence, immigration, health insurance, unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, debtor-creditor issues, and public benefits such as food stamps, disability, and Medicaid. Individuals can apply online or call 800-489-6144.

NCCARE360 Navigators are available to assist individuals and families with housing, food, utilities, transportation, and other needs. Individuals can apply online or call 2-1-1.

Childcare for Healthcare Workers: NC DHHS can help locate qualified childcare facilities for employers who need to buy 10 or more emergency childcare slots for their critical healthcare workers using this online form. Individual employees can call 1-888-600-1685 for assistance locating child care.

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Regional & State COVID-19 Trainings

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MAHEC Primary Care COVID-19 Collaborative
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 am

MAHEC Using Telehealth: Practice Support for COVID-19 Preparedness
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 am

NC AHEC COVID-19 Webinars
Daily with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available

Vaya Health - Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide Prevention
These provider trainings are offered on several dates. Registration is limited to 25 participants.
April 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 am
April 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
April 30 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Vaya’s website provides additional resources for behavioral health providers and practices.

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Regional Response Partners

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