April 2, 2020

COCA Call: Clinical Management of Critically Ill Adults with COVID-19
During this COCA Call, clinicians will provide an overview of the clinical characteristics of COVID-19 patients, including case presentations of critically ill adults and clinical management challenges, and summarize recently published guidelines on clinical management of critically ill adults.

‘Everything counts’: Georgia Department of Public Health needs volunteers for COVID-19 relief
The Georgia Department of Public Health needs your help. They are calling on volunteers of all backgrounds to help fight COVID-19.

Georgia medical students work to free up doctors in coronavirus fight
Students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are scheduled to begin assisting the state’s 18 public health districts, advising patients about whether they need to be tested for the virus and performing other tasks, the college announced.

Phoebe looks to increase beds for treating COVID-19 patients in Albany
With three intensive care units filled with critically ill COVID-19 patients, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will open part of the former Palmyra Medical Center facility to provide additional beds and space.

Trump Administration Engages America’s Hospitals in Unprecedented Data Sharing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the nation’s hospitals on behalf of Vice President Pence requesting they report data in connection with their efforts to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

HHS ASPR Has Developed Two New COVID-19 Tabletop Exercises
HHS ASPR developed two COVID-19 fatality management tabletop exercises for use by government, private sector, and nonprofit organizations.

NETEC: COVID-19 Webinar Series – N95 UVGI Process for Decontamination and Reuse
Recording of webinar on N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Process for Decontamination and Reuse; and the Extended use, reuse, and innovative decontamination strategies for COVID-19 personal protective equipment.

Link to Slides

CMS Eases Certain CLIA Laboratory Requirements During COVID-19 Emergency
To meet the urgent need to expand laboratory capacity, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a relaxed enforcement policy under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments during the COVID-19 public health emergency with respect to review of pathology slides, proficiency testing, alternate collection devices, and requirements for a CLIA certificate.

HHS Urged to Clarify EMTALA, HIPAA waivers
The AHA urged the Department of Health and Human Services to clarify the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act waivers issued under the public health and national emergency declarations.

FDA authorizes 15-minute coronavirus test
Federal health officials approved a coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Testing and Preparedness Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 testing priority guidance, which gives first priority to testing hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers.

Check the CDC webpage frequently for the latest CDC guidance on the COVID-19 emergency.

Reminder: Identify, Isolate and Inform!
It is important to continue to ask travel questions. The purpose of this notice is to remind health care providers about actions to take in Georgia when evaluating patients for possible serious communicable diseases!

Travel Clinical Assistant (TCA)
The Travel Clinical Assistant provides post-travel clinical information on travel-related diseases for 231 countries. Diseases with recent outbreaks occurring in the last two years are listed first.


ASPR TRACIE Special Edition: COVID-19 Resources – March 2020

Critical Care Update – March 2020

NACCHO Preparedness Brief – March 2020

HHS Region 4 Health News – March 30

MESH: CDC Updated Discharge Guidelines for COVID-19 Patients  – March 26

MESH: COVID-19 Overwhelming Hospitals – March 30

MESH: CMS Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help Hospitals Combat COVID-19 – March 24

MESH: COVID-19 CDC-WHO Update – April 2

News and Notes – March 27

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities


EMAG Conference
April 15-17
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness
April 21-22
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Henry County EOC
526 Industrial Blvd
McDonough, GA


Safety in Our Schools: Education, Prevention, Management
June 23-25
Columbus Convention and Trade Center
801 Front Ave
Columbus, GA 31901

Online Preparedness Tools – Tips & Tricks

Click HERE to go to the GHA911 homepage.

Click HERE to add your facility to WebEOC.

Click HERE if you do not have an Everbridge account and would like to sign up.

Accessing Tech Support

Lanetta Mathis is GHA’s Emergency Preparedness Communications Manager. Contact her at Lmathis@gha.org or 770-249-4532/ 229-591-8794.

Future Meetings

Click here to view all GHA meetings.


CDC COVID-19 Guidance
Find COVID-19 resources for Healthcare and Long-Term Care Facilities from CDC.

GHA Coronavirus Information
Find COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources.

Don’t forget the Department of Public Health (DPH) offers answers to your Ebola questions.
State Epidemiologist
24-hour access to a State Epidemiologist: 1-866-PUB-HLTH.

GHA Flu Page
GHA’s flu page provides links to articles and information about the flu in Georgia.

GHA’s opioid pageprovides information and resources about opioids.

CDC Information
Visit www.cdc.gov to stay up-to-date on current information.

Disaster Mental Health
Visit Georgia’s Disaster Mental Health
Visit The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) to
access behavioral health services.

SAMHSA: Preventing Suicide
Visit the suicide prevention resource page.

**If you need to reach GHA for a Disaster/Emergency Preparedness related issue after hours, please contact Adrianne Feinberg(678) 427-2979 orLanetta Mathis, (229) 591-8794.The Disaster Readiness Line is circulated by Georgia’s Healthcare Coalitions to our emergency preparedness partners.

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