New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

According to NYC H+H, as of Feb. 3, 2020, three people in New York City have been identified for testing for the novel coronavirus, including one patient hospitalized at NYC Heath + Hospitals/Bellevue.

The patient at Bellevue, who is under 40 and had recently traveled from China, is in stable condition. The other two individuals, who are over 60-years-old, are hospitalized at Flushing Hospital Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Queens. Both are in stable condition. Testing to determine whether these are confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus will take a minimum of 36-48 hours and depends on CDC testing capacity.

As of Feb. 3, there have been more than 17,000 confirmed cases in more than two dozen countries with 362 deaths. In the U.S., there have been nine confirmed cases. To protect our staff and patients, NYC Health + Hospitals providers should take these precautions:

  • Frontline providers should obtain a detailed travel history for all patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness in order to identify, isolate, and inform appropriate partners promptly.
  • Patients with respiratory illness should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and be evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room if available.
  • Health care personnel entering the room should use airborne, contact, and standard precautions with eye protection like goggles or a face shield.
  • If a suspected patient is identified, providers should immediately notify both infection control personnel at their facility and NYC DOHMH Provider Access Line 866-NYCDOH1 or 1-866 692-3641.

9 Things You Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus

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