Sent to all dialysis facility leadership in NYC with valid email addresses in CROWNWeb
CORRECTION: This call is FYI - NOT Required.

There are limited lines available and as such, it is suggested and encouraged that staff from the individual facilities call in from a central location/conference room.
The NYC DOHMH and the NYS DOH will present updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, review new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and discuss infection control considerations.  

There are limited lines available and as such, it is suggested and encouraged that staff from the individual facilities call in from a central location/conference room.

DATE: THURSDAY 2/27/2020
Time: 12PM - 1PM



What we know now:
 
  • Risk to New Yorkers is low
  • There are ZERO cases of the novel Coronavirus in NYC
  • A total of six cases have been confirmed in the United States; none (as of 1/30/20) in New York State
 
What should New Yorkers Do?
 
  • Go about your daily lives
  • Practice same precautions that you would during cold and flu season
  • Cover your mouth/nose with tissue/sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • If you feel sick, stay home
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • If you have recently traveled in Wuhan, China and have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider right away
  • At this time, New Yorkers do not need to:
  • Limit travel within the city
  • Wear a face mask if healthy. Face masks are only recommended if directed by a health care providers.
  • Change anything about where you get your food or how you prepare it.
  • Avoid public gatherings and public transportation.
 
It is important that as we address this outbreak, we separate facts from fear, and guard against stigma. There are a lot of things on social media and in the news that are at best not rooted in science and at worst, offensive, demeaning and racist. We need to encourage everyone to keep their attention on the facts.
 
Public Website www.nyc.gov/health/coronavirus
Fact Sheet:  https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/novel-coronavirus-wuhan-factsheet.pdf  ( translated into simplified and traditional Chinese and Spanish – other languages coming soon)
2/3/2020: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Update (CMS): CMS has advised that, in response to the Wuhan Coronavirus threat, it will be taking steps to assure that infection control procedures are up to date, and being followed, by all Medicare-associated healthcare facilities in the US, and by the State Survey Agencies that monitor them. Find details at  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-prepares-nations-healthcare-facilities-coronavirus-threat