See below for the latest information for patients, communities and the general public about how to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Conduent Healthy Communities Institute shows data and mapping for populations at risk of not having their basic needs met due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Data is provided at the state, county, ZIP code and census tract level.
Webinar replay: CAPC briefing on COVID-19 impact on patients with serious illness (AHA Member Content)
This Center to Advance Palliative Care webinar for AHA members discusses tools, skills, and training that hospitals and health systems should deploy immediately to ensure appropriate symptom management and patient communication in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Use this document to guide health care regarding the decision to discontinue transmission-based precautions and discharging hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The checklist can guide the considerations for both actions.
In this compendium of materials, CDC provides tools and resource links for dealing with stress and domestic violence issues during COVID-19, guidance for those with behavioral health issues and coping mechanisms for parents.
In this resource, CDC offers steps to prevent illness, create a household plan, stay informed about emergency plans and know the signs and symptoms.
In this resource, the World Health organization provides information on when and how to use masks, how to prepare your workplace and healthy parenting tips.
The federal government is taking steps to protect American’s physical and behavioral health in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The resources in this collection were created by federal agencies and their partners to help healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general population prepare for and manage the negative behavioral effects that can accompany a public health emergency.
UW Medicine is making its policies and protocols available on its website. These include screening and testing algorithms and policy statements, including minimizing aerosolizing procedures and room cleaning protocols.
March 30, 2020
The American Hospital Association recommends these actions if you are sick to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
March 30, 2020
The American Hospital Association recommends these actions to prepare your household, limit the the spread of germs and infection, and keep family and friends healthy.
March 27 AHA Special Bulletin
This special bulletin provides legislative analysis of the third large-scale congressional effort in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
March 25 AHA Advisory
This document is a full review of the legislation, including the potential financial impact for hospitals and health systems.
March 22 AHA Advisory
This document shows how this legislation includes provisions to provide financial relief and resources to individuals, families and businesses particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
March 20 AHA Advisory
This document updates efforts to provide financial resources for individuals, families and small businesses affected by COVID-19, as well as make several key policy changes impacting health care providers. March 20, 2020.
March 19 AHA Advisory
This document details how the bill would provide financial resources for individuals, families and small businesses affected by COVID-19, as well as make several key policy changes impacting health care providers.
March 17 AHA Advisory
This document analyzes legislation that includes changes to FMAP, Medicaid coverage for uninsured.
Training for any clinician caring for patients in the context of COVID-19. Includes continuing education courses and downloadable protocols for crisis symptom management, and communication resources specific to conversations with patients and families about COVID-19.
The House of Representatives March 14 passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. The legislation would eliminate patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and related services, establish an emergency paid leave program, and expand unemployment and nutrition assistance
March 13 AHA Advisory
As urged by the AHA, President Trump March 13 declared a national emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Guidance for public health professionals managing the home care and isolation of people with COVID-19 who have pets or other animals (including service or working animals) in the same home. This guidance can facilitate preparedness and establish practices that can help people and animals stay safe and healthy.
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19
This AHA podcast with Collen Kraft, M.D., of Emory University shares her experience with Ebola, what this new outbreak could look like and how hospitals can prepare.
In this assessment tool, the CDC provides an algorithm for community and health care leaders and other decision makers to assess resource availability and medical surge at the health care and community levels
This provides the latest news for health care providers and professionals as well as the public on COVID-19.
What the Public Needs to Know
Helpful Resources from Hospitals and Health Systems
Extensive collection of information resources and links for the public, including latest updates and local resources.
Kaiser Permanente mixes video and written materials for the public and their patients on their COVID-19 page.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Bilingual)
Mayo Clinic presents this bilingual resource to offer the public and their patients the basics on COVID-19 as well as links to information about its clinical research and the latest news.
This provider resource page from Rush University provides highly visible links to video care, as well as other information about the coronavirus.
From Johns Hopkins Medicine, this provider resource page from Johns Hopkins includes information about its clinical research as well as information for the public, including “myth-vs-fact” materials and advice on how to talk to children about the virus and what to do if stressed out.
This provider resource page from Mass General Hospital include links to its visitor policy in multiple languages and a QR code to scan for the latest updates.
March 10, 2020, Scripps Health shares its news release about having treated a patient who had tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and briefly describes the steps it has taken in response.
This page from Northwell Health offers resources for the public as well as a hotline and chatbot available in English and Spanish.
Other Helpful Resources
This resource from the National Association of School Psychologists offers parents recommendations for how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic.
These Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development resources offer tips for communicating with your community during the COVID-19 crisis and review sample communications tools from hospitals and health systems.
The Food and Drug Administration has updated its COVID-19 diagnostic testing FAQs, a reference for clinical laboratories, commercial manufacturers, and Food and Drug Administration staff. The document now lists the clinical laboratories that are offering testing under FDA's Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019; states that have chosen to authorize laboratories to develop and perform COVID-19 tests; commercial manufacturers that are distributing test kits and the serology tests being offered.
In this set of guidelines, the Washington State Hospital Association shares key points to relay in communications with the public about COVID-19.
This regularly updated Kaiser Family Foundation tool provides state-level data on COVID-19 cases as well as information to help track coronavirus policy actions. It includes data on current cases and deaths, and state-level data on health coverage and provider capacity.
In this set of guidelines, the Washington State Hospital Association offers guidance on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, a fact sheet available in multiple languages, educational materials and FAQs. It also includes specific guidance and practices outlined for communities, health care providers and facilities, long-term care facilities, home care agencies and first responders.
These CDC guidelines contain updated guidance on what specimens to collect when test for COVID-19.
The AHA has released a compendium of resources for hospitals and health systems related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued guidance for identifying which infrastructure sectors and essential workers are needed to maintain services and functions during the COVID-19 pandemic response, including in the health care and public health sector. The guidance is intended for state, local, and industry partners in identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during periods of community restriction, access management, social distancing or closure orders.
In this blog post, AHA’s senior advisor for cyber and risk John Riggi published a blog offering four ways that health care providers and organizations can mitigate cyber risks during this novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For any questions or concerns related to cyber threats within your organization, please email John Riggi at email@example.com.