Health Professionals

COVID-19 continues to be widespread in Orange County. For the latest surveillance data, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc. Health professionals who wish to receive OC Health Care Agency (HCA) provider advisories can register HERE.

 

Testing Recommendations

Testing capacity has increased significantly in Orange County. At this point, Orange County providers are recommended to arrange for testing for any patients who present with illness consistent with COVID-19. Providers are particularly recommended to emphasize testing of High Priority groups as defined by the CDC. This includes hospitalized patients, symptomatic healthcare workers, and symptomatic residents and staff of congregate living facilities including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living sites, and correctional facilities.

OCHCA can assist with testing the highest risk groups, including hospitalized patients, symptomatic healthcare workers and symptomatic residents and staff of congregate living facilities; results from OCHCA's Public Health Laboratory can return sooner than commercial labs. Please call (714) 834-8180 to arrange testing.

 

Provider Reporting

Providers should report hospitalized patients, deaths, and any suspect or confirmed cases who are homeless or living in congregate living settings within one business day to (714) 834-8180. Clinical laboratories are routinely reporting COVID-19 positive test results to OCHCA. Providers do not need to contact OCHCA with COVID-19 positive cases who do not fit into the categories above.

 

Isolation and Quarantine Precaution Guidance

By order of the Health Officer, patients with confirmed infection must adhere to CDC guidance for isolation, and close contacts must take appropriate measures to quarantine. Providers should provide isolation guidance to patients with COVID-19 infection as well as recommendations for exposed household members and caregivers.

Patients can discontinue home isolation precautions when they have been afebrile for at least 24 hours without the use of antipyretics AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Persons who require hospitalization or are severely compromised may need to be excluded until 20 days after symptoms began, depending on medical provider recommendations. See links below:

 

Skilled Nursing Facilities

For any hospitalized COVID-19 patients that may be candidates for discharge to congregate living facilities such as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), providers should contact OCHCA at (714) 834-8180 to assure an appropriate transfer. For more information, see:

 

Resources for Providers:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance - Resources

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for FAQs: Healthcare Professionals: FAQ and Answers (5/6/20)

California Department of Public Health - Resources

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