External resources to support your response to COVID-19

You're no doubt being inundated with a ton of information on how to prepare for possible patients with the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19). To help you ensure the safety of your staff and patients, we wanted to pull together the available external resources on how to safely manage and prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC's Hospital Preparedness Checklist for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients

This checklist highlights key areas for hospital staff—especially hospital emergency management officers, infection control practitioners, and clinical practitioners—to review in preparation for a person with COVID-19 arriving at a hospital for medical care. CDC is also maintaining a landing page of recommendations for preparedness.

Download the checklist

View the preparation landing page

CDC's Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for COVID-19 Patients in a Health Care Setting

CDC has released interim guidance for infection control procedures in health care settings for known or suspected patients with COVID-19, including suggestions for personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and how to minimize the risk of exposure. 

Download the recommendations

CDC's Health Care Personnel Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19

This checklist highlights suggested actions frontline health care personnel should take to prepare for transport and arrival of patients potentially infected with COVID-19. 

Download the checklist

CDC's Guide to Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

CDC has released interim screening criteria to screen and evaluate patients suspected of having the coronavirus. The page also includes directions for reporting any suspected cases to the appropriate health departments. 

Get the criteria

CDC's Webinar: What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States

On March 5th, CDC provided clinicians information about the current epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations, and clinical management for patients with COVID-19 infection.

Watch the webinar

CDC's Guidance for Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure to COVID-19

CDC offers this guidance for assessing and monitoring the risk for health care workers who may have been exposed to patients with COVID-19.

See the guidelines

CDC's COVID-19 Case Tracker

CDC updates this page with suspected, confirmed, and negative cases of COVID-19, as well as a map of the virus' geographic spread.

View the page


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS' Memo to Health Care Facilities about COVID-19

This memo was sent from CMS to all health care facilities to offer their guidance on preparing for COVID-19 patients and detail the resources they believe are most important to review.

Download the memo

CMS' Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus

This frequently asked questions document explains when COVID-19 testing and treatment qualifies as an essential health benefit.

Download the FAQ

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

This fact sheet highlights the various waivers the Trump administration is making available to providers under President Trump's March 13 announcement declaring the new coronavirus epidemic a national emergency.

Download the factsheet


World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO's Clinical Management Guide for COVID-19 Patients

WHO has released this interim guidance for how to triage, treat, and monitor patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

Get the guide


United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS' COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist

This checklist from HHS' Public Health Emergency division outlines a number of suggested action steps health systems should take across the organization to prepare for COVID-19 patients.

Download the checklist

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