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February 28, 2020

Re:       The Novel Coronavirus Continues to Expand Throughout the World

Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus. The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning
According to the CDC 1 , the general American public is unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, and the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection—for example, healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19. 

The CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has provided information on the 2019 novel coronavirus for healthcare providers and K-12 schools .

Yale-New Haven Health has published a COVID-19 toolkit that can be found attached here

Healthcare professionals should continue to monitor the CDC website and State of Connecticut DPH for news and updates. Community Medical Group will also continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and communicate information as appropriate.
1 Current as of 2/28/2020