COVID-19: Health Care Providers, Hospitals & Laboratories
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.
For the latest CDC guidelines and updates visit their website: