What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

State, local, and federal health officials are continuously monitoring and responding to an on-going outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Cases have been identified globally, including within the United States.  Coronaviruses are not a new family of viruses and are common in different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. In humans, there are multiple strains that can cause mild respiratory symptoms or even the common cold.  In years’ prior, other strains have been associated with SARS and MERS.

  • What is currently understood about COVID-19 is that it spreads person-to-person among close contacts via respiratory droplets produced from coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to spread COVID-19 via touching infected surfaces and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
  • With an incubation period that lasts 2-14 days, symptoms associated with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Spread in the absence of symptoms is possible, however those who are symptomatic are the most contagious.
  • Preparedness is key as we plan for the identification of additional cases in the days ahead. The American Nurses Association supports ongoing efforts to address and prevent the community spread of COVID-19 along with the rapid development and identification of solutions to protect nurses, healthcare teams, and the public. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, ANA will continue to closely monitor the outbreak.
  • The threat within the US remains low as officials work diligently to identify and isolate those at risk, contain the virus, and identify contacts to minimize spread. Key resources: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators, Frequently Asked Questions about Respirators and their Use, and Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
  • For additional information and links to best practice resources and preparedness checklists visit ANA's resource page on COVID-19

Resources

Workforce Resources

American Nurses Associations Resources    

Essential Health Care Workers Child Care Services

Colorado Emergency Licensing Measures for Health Care Professionals

Colorado Department of Labor Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

The Joint Commission Information and Resources
Includes regular updates.

Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 Guidelines

ECHO Colorado COVID-19 In Primary Care Series Begins March 27 

DORA FAQ's for Health Professionals

Practice : Academic Partnerships To Assist the Nursing Workforce COVID-19

Joint Commission COVID Resources

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Resources

Clinical Criteria for Evaluation of COVID-19

Outbreak Preparedness and Response Resource Provided by Association for In Infection Control & Epidemiology

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

COVID19.Colorado.Gov  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment & State Emergency Operations Center

The Situation in Colorado
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) and our communities to provide updated information about COVID-19

State of Colorado Volunteer Response 

CDC Updates

What's New?
You can also keep up with CDC updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 by signing up for email updatessyndicating available content, and subscribing to Coronavirus Disease 2019 RSS Feed.

CDC Information and Resources
Includes resources from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

CDC on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
CDC recommends canceling, postponing, or conducting virtually in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for next 8 weeks. Recommendation does not apply to day to day operation of schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

Federal and CMS Updates

CMS Announces Blanket Waivers March 30, 2020

CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Infection Control, Protective Equipment
The ever-growing list of resources from CMS includes guidance related to particular settings including hospice, SNFs, and home health.

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
In response to COVID-19, CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19.

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
CMS is providing additional guidance to nursing homes to help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

The Joint Commission Information and Resources
Includes regular updates.