COVID-19: Health Care Providers, Hospitals & Laboratories

Guidance for Health Care Professionals

Hospitals and health care providers

  • Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation and make sure all employees follow the appropriate steps.
  • Review guidance for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Consider using telemedicine, nurse triage lines and other options to prevent people with mild illnesses from coming to clinics and emergency rooms.
  • Ask about travel history for patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and continue working closely with your local health department, DPH, and follow the CDC guidance.


Behavioral health and self-care

  • Behavioral health providers should follow the guidelines for health care professionals provided by DPH and the CDC.
  • Fear, stigma, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder followed major infectious disease outbreaks earlier in this century, and all health care providers should be prepared for similar reactions with the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The importance of self-care during stressful times cannot be over-estimated and all health providers, including behavioral health providers, are at risk for burnout and secondary trauma.
  • Be aware of the behavioral health crisis services that are available. Some resources are included on the Individuals and Families page.

Additional information

For the latest CDC guidelines and updates visit their website: