COVID-19 ~ Resources and Updates

VAHPC offers up-to-date available resources that can help everyone  cope with the on-going effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  We hope you find them helpful. Please check back frequently for updates and additional information. To access the information, click on the associated links.  All of the listings below  are directly related to COVID-19. 

 

Johns Hopkins University Map of Covid 19 cases

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

National Association for Homecare and Hospice

 

Frontline Wellness VA

Frontline Wellness VA is a multi-agency comprised of frontline providers who participate in the wellness workgroup, a sub-group of the Healthcare Coordination Committee on the All-Government COVID-19 Task Force.  Their website assists frontline workers involved in COVID 19 epidemic.  It offers assistance, resources, self help and information for all who are involved in the current pandemic.

(May 26, 2020)  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam this week announced that as of Friday (May 29) Virginians 10 and older are directed to wear face coverings or masks when inside public buildings or private business establishments where people gather. The Governor announced the move in an effort to limit the further spread of COVID-19. According to published reports, the directive will be enforced by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Exemptions to the policy apply to people who are exercising, eating or drinking, and those with health conditions for whom mask wearing would be difficult. Specifics regarding the face covering policy are spelled out in Executive Order 63 from the Governor.

FDA Announces COVID-19 Update

(May 20, 2020) The FDA is alerting the public to early data that suggest potential inaccurate results from using the Abbott ID NOW point-of-care test to diagnose COVID-19. Specifically, the test may return false negative results. Learn more: FDA Informs Public About Possible Accuracy Concerns with Abbott ID NOW Point-of-Care Test.

From the Virginia Consumer Health Care Alliance Team

 Virginia’s  Governor Ralph Northam and members of his Administration outlined  a plan to gradually re-open Virginia's economy. The plan entails three detailed phases describing what the Commonwealth's families and businesses can expect in the near future.  Virginia extended business closures until Friday, May 15. At that time, the administration began "Phase One" of the Forward Virginia re-opening plan. The formal start of Phase One was dependent on data showing a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases statewide. You can find more information on the three phases of re-opening here.

 

 Additional Resources to help with the COVID-19 Pandemic include:

 Virginia Department of Health

 VDH is regularly updating the resources on their website  for the general public and the health care providers. Information includes:

Virginia Department of Health offers this link for triaging Covid 19 symptoms. Included are suggestions regarding treatment options.

Testing Sites may be found at the VDH webite and are based on zip codes.  Click here to review and download.

Optimization Strategies for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Long-Term Care Facilities (4/7/2020)

COVID-19 Update for Virginia (4/6/2020) Includes information on updated guidance on community transmissions and risks, recommendations of face coverings, testing, congregate settings, long term care facilities, and more.

Updated Guidance for Testing (4/2/2020) with a centralized website for the online COVID-19 Testing Request Form

 

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security [CARES]  Provider Relief Fund

Click here for CARES ACT portal and associated information

 

HPNA Resource Page for all things COVID-19

 

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

For VHHA Updates,  please click here

(July 1, 2020)   The Commonwealth of Virginia is tied second among states in overall emergency preparedness rating in the recently released 2020 National Health Security Preparedness Index report from the Robert Wood Johnson for Foundation and the Colorado School of Public Health. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedicated professional caregivers working in hospitals and health systems across Virginia have cared for thousands of patients stricken with the novel coronavirus, and in partnership with government officials and the broader health care community, have been immersed in the strategic coordination and response to this unfolding situation. Virginia’s effective response to the public health threat posed by COVID-19 is a testament to the intense, ongoing emergency preparation efforts of hospitals and other stakeholders. This is the second such national report to be released in recent months showing that Virginia’s emergency preparedness infrastructure compares favorably to its peer states across the nation. In the Trust for America’s Health – Ready or Not 2020 Annual Report on Emergency Preparedness, Virginia is among the states rated in the highest tier for emergency preparation. A full news can be read online here.

(July 1, 2020)  Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Testing Advisory Council has endorsed a set of statewide COVID-19 testing guidelines and a testing algorithm. The COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Healthcare Providers can be accessed on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website here. The testing algorithm can be accessed online here. Virginia health care providers, clinicians, practitioners, caregivers, and stakeholders are encouraged to share this information within their organizations and communities.

(June 17, 2020) VDH encourages Virginians to use the COVIDCheck online health assessment tool recently deployed by the Commonwealth to help people determine if they may need to seek in-person medical care related to the coronavirus. This handy online tool is an effective way to help individuals determine whether they might need clinical care.

VHHA has added a “discharge” category to the COVID-19 online data dashboard. The dashboard, produced with the support of VHHA member hospitals and health systems, provides up-to-date statistics on the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the Commonwealth, ventilator usage, current hospital bed availability, and metrics on the number of hospitals experiencing challenges obtaining or replenishing critical inventories of PPE and other needed medical supplies.

VHHA also maintains a COVID-19 webpage with resources, documents, video content, and more.

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new guidance on COVID-19 testing data reporting requirements to include demographic data such as race, ethnicity, age, and gender. Read the revised guidance here and an FAQ document here.

 

CAPC pocketcard for COVID 19 Symptoms Management

 

End of LIfe Nursing Education Consortium  (ELNEC)

The ELNEC team extends our support for all clinicians providing palliative care. Make sure to take care of yourselves during this time. ELNEC has provided free resources for support, so please take advantage and share with colleagues. ELNEC support for Nurses during the CORVID-19 can be found here      

National Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

To access their Long Term Care Facility Guidance for POLST and COVID-19, use this link.