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*While TCAA is committed to sharing resources from our federal and state partners related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this should not be deemed an endorsement of the information and/or services provided.            

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed many changes and developments as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We trust you and those around you are taking the necessary safety precautions to avoid this virus which was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Please see updates and resources below that provide answers to frequently asked questions, and consider these in your planning and preparation.


 UPCOMING WEBINARS - Click here for details, registration and information on previous webinars.

  • Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations

Thursday, August 6, 2020  from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:30 PM ET
  • Critical Care: Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
  • HHS Telemedicine Hack Learning Series

Office Hours #2
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET 
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Calls and Webinars

Virtual Town Hall Series- Immediately in Effect Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Diagnostic Tests
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12:15 PM ET  
  • Critical Manufacturing (CM) Sector August Webinar Series

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET 
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET 
  • ESF-14 Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure Series on COVID-19

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET 

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Calls and Webinars

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
Thursday, September 17, 2020 

COVID-19 & You

TCAA developed a presentation titled COVID-19 & You. The guide provides advice for how to stay healthy, how to boost your immune system and how to limit the transmission of the disease from work to home. Click here to view the presentation in full.

 

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund 

The United States Department of Health and Human Services released plans for the second allocation of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The Act provides that $100 billion shall be distributed to healthcare providers. Click here for the press release which provides a breakdown and timeline for allocations. 

 

FEMA Healthcare Resilience Task Force- COVID-19 Hospital Resource Package

The FEMA Healthcare Resilience Task Force has created the COVID-19 Hospital Resource Package as a comprehensive resource offering guidance on common crisis challenges, enabling hospitals and their personnel to operate more effectively and efficiently.

 

Within the document is a list of all current best practices and resources for hospital administrators, hospital emergency planners, and infection control practitioners in the following topical areas: hospital surge, crisis standards of care, staffing surge and resilience, workforce protection, regulatory relief, equipment supply surge and telemedicine.

 

All guidance in the COVID-19 Hospital Resource Package is accessible to the public and we strongly encourage you to share this link and document with your colleagues and peers to better empower all involved in the fight against COVID-19. 


Federal Communications Commission
Order of Approval for the Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) created, and appropriated $200 million for, the Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Program under the direction of the FCC. On March 31, 2020, the FCC approved a plan to review applications, select participants, and make funding awards under the program. Funding will be awarded, up to $1 million per applicant, on a rolling basis until exhausted or until the pandemic has ended. Click here to read the full summary.

Access application instructions, the video webinar, presentation slides and guidance on the application process at https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program.

 


HOW IS THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD? HOW DO I AVOID CONTRACTING THE VIRUS? WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the Coronavirus is spread through direct person to person contact. Avoid contracting the virus by limiting close contact especially with someone coughing or sneezing. Also, wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information click here

 

WHAT GUIDANCE IS BEING OFFERED FOR CLINICIANS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS?

The UW Medicine COVID-19 Public Site provides documents and resources related to screening, testing and policy statements to assist providers. Please be mindful that these resources are constantly evolving and any information provided is subject to change. Learn morehere.


The UW Department of Emergency Medicine ED/ICU also released a COVID-19 guide to educate clinicians and providers on how to prepare for combating the virus, preventing the spread of the virus and caring for infected patients. The guide is updated frequently and can be accessed here.


The American College of Surgeons issued a document providing guidance for Trauma Medical Directors during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including tips for planning, suggested policies and procedures and strategies for care. Click here for the full text of the document .

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

* ASPR TRACIE COVID-19 Alternate Care Site Resources

ASPR TRACIE COVID-19 Crisis Standards of Care Resources 

ASPR TRACIE COVID-19 Critical Care Surge Resources 

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