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Recent discovery of community- and healthcare-acquired COVID-19 cases in the region demonstrate that while our containment efforts to-date probably helped to defer and limit local transmission, they did not stop it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emphasized that the establishment of sustained transmission in the United States is likely to occur and that current containment efforts are intended to delay (not preclude) the onset of such transmission. This has offered an ever-narrowing window of time in order to give the health care system and society at-large time to prepare and thereby mitigate the peak and overall cumulative impact of COVID-19. While containment efforts will continue to occur, they must be accompanied by mitigation efforts. In the short-term, it seems unlikely that any diagnostic, therapeutic or vaccine innovation will come to bear on the situation at hand. Thus, these planning-and-implementation efforts employing traditional infection prevention and disease control measures will be essential to limiting the impact of COVID-19 on health care providers, health care systems, and the community. This is not cause for panic, but it is time to get prepared for the probability of sustained transmission in the foreseeable future.
Information for Health Care Professionals https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/
Healthcare System Preparedness and Response https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/planning-preparedness/healthcare-preparedness-response.html
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N-95 Respiratorshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-supply-strategies.html
Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/index.html
Pandemic Preparedness Resources https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/pandemic-preparedness-resources.html
Washington State Department of Health Resources https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus/Resources