2019 Novel Coronavirus Update

January 24, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019.

Patients with a travel history to Wuhan City, China, and respiratory symptoms with fever should be managed following guidance from the New York State Department of Health and CDC.

A suspect case of 2019-nCoV or Patient Under Investigation (PUI) is defined as:

  1. Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND in the last 14 days before symptom onset:
    • History of travel from Wuhan City, China OR close contact with a person who is under investigation for 2019-nCOV while that person was ill.
  2. Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND in the last 14 days before symptom onset:
    • Close contact with an ill laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient.

You and your staff should follow these guidelines with suspected 2019-nCoV patients:

  • Initiate appropriate Precautions: Standard + Contact + Airborne
  • Practice appropriate hand hygiene
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, gowns, eye protection and N-95 respirators

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