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Update for CliniciansCOVID-19 Cases Increasing in Snohomish CountyJuly 7, 2020
COVID-19 Data Summary
Consider becoming familiar with and bookmarking these web pages to track the local epidemic:
Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Testing for Healthcare Providersc/o Kathy Lofy, MD (State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health [DOH])
This week, DOH updated our COVID-19 testing guidance for healthcare providers. Here is a summary of the changes made to the document:
Test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and their close contacts even if they are asymptomatic.
Healthcare providers should test all patients with new onset of symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their age or health status. Patients should be tested as soon as
possible after seeking care, ideally within 24 hours. If healthcare providers are unable to provide testing within this timeframe, patients should be referred to another testing site. Broad testing is strongly encouraged at this time.
Other DOH Healthcare Provider Resources and Recommendationshttps://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/HealthcareProviders
Employer Roles and Responsibilities
As new COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District encourages all employers to review local and state requirements for re-opening. This includes the need to create a Safe Start plan according to sector guidelines, identify a COVID site supervisor for each location, and understand what is expected if one or more employees test positive for COVID-19.
The Health District issued a press release earlier today further explaining some of those roles and responsibilities. Please read that information at www.snohd.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=379.