Information for Providers
The Department of Health Services is working closely with our public health partners and healthcare providers to take action to isolate and test any high-risk individuals in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public’s health.
County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip issued a health alert ( on January 31, 2020 to local health care providers and posted on the department website providing updated information about the coronavirus, California cases, and infection control guidelines from the CDC.
DHS staff will coordinate with healthcare providers to ensure that all patients with fever or other respiratory symptoms who meet criteria for testing due to recent travel to China, or contact with someone diagnosed with novel coronavirus, will remain isolated until their test results are available. The Sonoma County Disease Control team and Public Health Lab are coordinating laboratory testing with the CDC.
For the latest health provider alerts from Sonoma County, see: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Public-Health/Disease-Control/Health-Provider-Alerts/
Identify & Assess the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
For the evaluation of patients who may be ill with or who may have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
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If in the past 14 days since first onset of symptoms a history of either:
- Travel to China
- Close contact with
a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness*
B. AND the person has
Fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath)
* Documentation of laboratory-confirmation of 2019-nCoV may not be possible for travelers or persons caring for patients in other countries. For more clarification on the definition for close contact see CDC’s Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
If both exposure and illness are present
- Place facemask on patient
- Isolate the patient in a private room or a separate area
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
2. Assess clinical Status
Is fever present?
Is respiratory illness present?
- Contact health department to report at-risk patients and their clinical status
- Assess need to collect specimens to test for 2019-nCoV
- Decide disposition
If discharged to home
As needed depending on severity of illness and health department consultation
- Home care guidance
- Home isolation guidance
If the patient develops new or worsening fever or respiratory illness
- Call clinic to determine if reevaluation is needed
- If reevaluation is needed call ahead and wear facemask
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