June 4, 2020

Special Announcement: Statewide COVID-19 calls have changed to Thursdays only

ASPR’s Portfolio of COVID-19 Medical Countermeasures Under Investigation
There are no drugs or other therapeutics presently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, ASPR is sponsoring the development of a number of therapeutic products that are being made available under either FDA’s expanded access program and/or have been granted an Emergency Use Authorization by FDA.

How Nurses Can Combat Mental Health Stigmas During COVID-19 and After
Every nurse encounters mental illness in the course of a working day, even those who don’t work in psychiatric or mental wellness settings. In the coronavirus pandemic, mental health issues are even more prevalent.

Clinch Memorial Hospital Evacuated Due to Highway Chemical Spill
Clinch Memorial Hospital evacuated the facility Tuesday morning in response to a chemical spill on Highway 84.

Georgia Inmates Making Gowns for Local Hospitals
Inmate work crews at the Hall County Correctional Institute are now making single-use isolation gowns that will be distributed to health care workers at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Red Cross Launches New Program Helping Grieving Families During COVID-19
The American Red Cross launched a virtual family assistance center to support those who are struggling with losing a loved one because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

FDA Authorized COVID-19 Emergency Use of Protective Gowns and Other Apparel
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of certain personal protective equipment to help address insufficient supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASPR TRACIE Resource: Rural Health and COVID-19
The ASPR TRACIE quick sheet, along with the ASPR TRACIE Rural Health and COVID-19 considerations resource identifies challenges faced by rural areas specific to COVID-19.

Hospital Gets Supply of PPE from Ford Motor Company
Habersham Medical Center obtained a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Ford Motor Company late last week.

Hurricane 2020: The CDC’s tips for this pandemic-hurricane season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been sharing strategies with the public to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also has advice for those affected by hurricane season.

Phoebe Reaches Important Milestone in COVID-19 Response
For the first time since the COVID-19 crisis began in early March, Phoebe Putney does not have any COVID-19 patients in the main hospital, and they have not had any new COVID-19 admissions.

Many States Scrambling to Update Hurricane Plans for Virus
Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go?

Gov. Kemp Says Temporary Medical Units Can Fight COVID-19, but Are Also a Future Investment
Gov. Brian Kemp went to Macon to visit the Medical Center, Navicent Health to tour the $3 million temporary medical unit on the hospital’s campus. It was placed as a preventive measure by GEMA in early May to treat extra patients if there is an overflow due to COVID-19.

In Georgia, Coronavirus Throws Hurricane Plans into Turmoil
Emergency officials in some Georgia coastal counties are nervously bracing for this year’s hurricane season amid new dangers posed by the coronavirus to people who would require help evacuating.

COVID-19 Protocols Will Change Health Care Delivery
Virtual doctors appointments, specialized isolation wings and even magazine-free waiting rooms could become commonplace in America’s post-coronavirus health care industry.

New DRC Ebola Outbreak Grows to 8 Cases, 4 Fatal
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the DRC had notified it of an outbreak in the northwestern part of the country involving six cases, four of them fatal.

Resources and Reminders

Attention: Hospital Surveys on WebEOC

Please remember to update your WebEOC dashboard by 9 a.m. SEVEN DAYS PER WEEK. Note that WebEOC data is submitted by the state on your behalf to meet FEMA data requirements.

Hospitals Needing Medical Supplies and PPE

The Georgia Department of Economic Development shared a list of Georgia manufacturers who are producing essential medical supplies and PPE for hospitals.
Additionally, Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft have created Critical Suppy Connect to help health care orgainzations search for critical supplies and connect with suppliers. New users can register here.

Attention: Hospital Surveys on WebEOC

Please remember to update your WEBEOC dashboard by 9 a.m. SEVEN DAYS PER WEEK. Note that WEBEOC data is submitted by the state on your behalf to meet FEMA data requirements.

Georgia Staffing with Furloughed Georgians

The GHA Resource Pool by Aya Healthcare is helping match qualified furloughed clinicians with facilities that need additional local staffing during the COVID-19 crisis.

Clinicians looking to participate in the Resource Pool should go here to complete a short form about profession and specialty.

Health care facilities needing more information should email staffing@ayahealthcare.com or GHA Senior Vice President of Business Operations Bill Wylie.

Reporting Cases to DPH
COVID-19 is a reportable event.

Hospitals are legally required to report positive and negative test results to the Georgia Department of Public Health prior to notifying the media. Negative test results are reported in the same way that positive tests are reported. See DPH requirements for reporting COVID-19.

Deaths should also be reported. Hospitals should report deaths the same way they report a confirmed positive. If a case report was created before a patient’s death, DPH still requires notification.

All of the above can be done by emailing contactpublichealth@dph.ga.gov, calling 866-PUB-HLTH, or contacting the health district of the patient’s residence. DPH sends death notifications to the CDC so hospitals do not need to submit there.

State of Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™ Services Available at No Charge

Battelle announced that its decontamination services for N95 respirator masks will be offered at no charge to health care providers in an effort to help protect the workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instructions for Health Care Facilities
Battelle Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

Reminder: Identify, Isolate and Inform!

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: COVID-19 Resources Update – June 2020

HHS Region 4 Health News – June 1

HPP Weekly Update – June 1

MESH: Joint Commission to resume surveys in June – May 29

MESH: Evidence for Limited Early Spread of COVID-19 in the US, January–February – June 1

MESH: CDC Activities & Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response & Reopening – June 2

MESH: COVID-19 Update – June 3

News and Notes – May 29

On the Front Lines – May 30

Emergency Preparedness Education Opportunities


2×2 Series – Make Self Care a Priority
June 4
2-3 p.m.

2×2 Series – Helping Children to Cope

June 5
2-3 p.m.

MATF Meeting
June 12
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Preparedness Summit
August 23-26
Hilton Anatole
2201 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

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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