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State Issues Health Advisory on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently issued a Health Advisory providing an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Advisory contains a link to the CDC Update and provides actions currently being taken by the State, criteria for evaluating patients, notification requirements when patients meet certain criteria, and other resources.

From the Advisory:

  • As described in CDC’s Health Update, patients who meet either of the following criteria should be evaluated as a person under investigation (PUI) in association with the 2019-nCoV outbreak.
    • Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset had:
      • A 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.
    • Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and in the last 14 days before symptom onset:
      • Had close contact with an ill laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient.
  • Providers caring for patients who meet either PUI criteria should follow CDC’s recommended infection prevention and control guidelines and immediately notify the local health department (LHD) where the patient resides. Notification is required under the New York State Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10).
    • Providers who are unable to reach the LHD can contact the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at 518-473-4439 during business hours or the NYSDOH Public Health Duty Officer at 1-866-881-2809 evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Please carefully review the entire Advisory and CDC Update and share with your staff. Updates from the CDC can be found here.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871