Whatcom County

4.1.22 WCHD Provider Advisory~ COVID Therapeutics

Requested Actions Be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup have endorsed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization of a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for specific groups. These second boosters are particularly important for people 4.1.22 WCHD Provider Advisory~ COVID Therapeutics

Provider Alert: DOH Delayed in processing reports from Clinical Laboratories

Action requested:• Be aware of a delay since Tuesday 7/27/21 of DOH processing reports from clinical laboratories and routing these to local health departments.• Call the WCHD 24-hour Communicable Disease Report Line (360-778-6150) to notify the health department of new COVID-19 and other reportable conditions this weekend.• Local laboratories should call the CD report line Provider Alert: DOH Delayed in processing reports from Clinical Laboratories

12/28/20 Provider Advisory: Proclamations 20-05 and 20-24 prohibit certain medical and dental procedures unless specific procedures and criteria are met

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Notice: This document replaces the WCHD Health Alert of the same name that was posted 12/24/20. Requested Actions Be aware, Governor Inslee extended proclamations 20-05 and 20-24 prohibiting certain medical and dental procedures unless certain specific procedures and criteria are met. All Western Washington healthcare facilities should operate in a contingency care phase—provide appropriate clinical care so 12/28/20 Provider Advisory: Proclamations 20-05 and 20-24 prohibit certain medical and dental procedures unless specific procedures and criteria are met

TB Screening for Healthcare Personnel – Updated CDC Guidelines

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CDC updated its guidelines for TB screening among healthcare personnel in 2019. Here’s what you need to know: *A companion document to these recommendations was put out in July 2020 by a task force comprised of the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In it you will find TB Screening for Healthcare Personnel – Updated CDC Guidelines

5/16/20 WCHD Influenza Report

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Whatcom County 2019-20 Influenza Report Weeks 19-20: May 3-16, 2020   Click here for the full Influenza Report for 2019-20 Weeks 19-20. Summary The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) has likely impacted data. During weeks 19-20 there were no positive influenza tests reported by Family Care Network, PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatric Clinic, or Sea 5/16/20 WCHD Influenza Report

5/2/20 WCHD Influenza Report

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Whatcom County 2019-20 Influenza Report Weeks 17-18, April 19-May 2, 2020   Click here for the full Influenza Report for 2019-20 Weeks 17-18. Summary: The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) has likely impacted data. During weeks 17-18 there were no positive influenza tests reported by Family Care Network, PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatric Clinic, or 5/2/20 WCHD Influenza Report

5/01/20: WCHD Health Alert COVID-19 Update – COVID-19 Testing Update

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Outdated Content – please see most recent alerts. Whatcom County Health Department Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Division Update on COVID-19 testing Requested actions: Test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 regardless of age or health status. COVID-19 can present with symptoms other than cough or dyspnea and may include fever, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, 5/01/20: WCHD Health Alert COVID-19 Update – COVID-19 Testing Update

3/28/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Update

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Outdated Content – please see most recent alerts. Whatcom County Health Department Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Division Practice Advisory for Community Testing: Whatcom County Health Department has expanded a drive-through testing site for COVID-19 and is accepting referrals from local providers at its State Street office on a scheduled basis. We have partnered with Northwest 3/28/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Update

3/20/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Update Current guidance on testing, PPE, Isolation, Quarantine, and Return to Work for HCW.

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March 20, 2020 Whatcom County Health Department Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Division Washington DOH issued two documents this week summarizing current guidance on COVID-19 testing, PPE use, isolation, quarantine, and return to work for healthcare workers, superseding previous guidance. Please review both of these short documents carefully. Attached are the two documents updating guidance on 3/20/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Update Current guidance on testing, PPE, Isolation, Quarantine, and Return to Work for HCW.

3/17/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Testing

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Outdated Content – please see most recent alerts. Whatcom County Health Department Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Division Who to Test for COVID-19: COVID-19 testing is allowed based on clinician’s judgement per CDC. This opens up access under the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that regulates public health and clinical laboratories. COVID-19 testing is recommended for: 3/17/20 WCHD Health Alert: COVID-19 Testing