02/21/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2020 15:08
The local medical community has been working with County health officials on monitoring potential cases of the new coronavirus or COVID-19 in people who have traveled to China or been in close contact with a confirmed case.
The County Health and Human Services Agency follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for risk assessment and management of people with potential COVID-19 or patients under investigation (PUI).
Due to patient privacy, HHSA will not release information on patients under investigation for COVID-19 or people under self-quarantine.
HHSA is releasing the number of patients under investigation, as well as those who are under self-quarantine. Figures are updated Fridays.
Patients Under Investigation
Here's the process HHSA follows for patients who arrive at one of the 11 U.S. airports where the CDC is conducting screening as people return from areas of mainland China other than Hubei province:
If patients have no symptoms, they are self-quarantined at home for self-monitoring with public health supervision. Self-quarantine lasts 14 days.
If patients develop symptoms - fever, cough or difficulty breathing -they should call the County health department; if they are determined to meet the CDC guidelines to be considered a PUI, then transport to local hospital is arranged, the PUI is placed in isolation and specimens are collected and sent to the CDC for confirmation of COVID-19.
The patient's symptoms determine where the PUI is in isolation until test results are returned.
If a PUI is under self-quarantine at home, the following takes place: