North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID Guidance
- Follow directions related to elective and non-urgent and procedures and surgeries.
- This document covers recommendations and guidance for protections for patients and healthcare workers in responsibly returning to elective surgeries and procedures.
- Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation and make sure all visitors and employees follow the appropriate steps. This can be found here.
- Limit visitors to the facility to only those essential for the patient’s physical or emotional well-being and care, for example, care partners. It is important providers consider patient rights under the American with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act when considering caregiver visitation.
- Consider using telemedicine, nurse triage lines and other options to prevent people with mild illnesses from coming to clinics and emergency rooms.
- According to the CDC, “Telehealth can facilitate access to care, reduce risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19]), conserve scarce medical supplies, and reduce strain on health care capacity and facilities while supporting continuity of care.”
- Ask about travel history for patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and continue working closely with your local health department, NCDHHS and the CDC and follow their guidance.
- Join in weekly calls with NCDHHS’ Division of Public Health.
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