February 07, 2020

CDC Recommends Hospitals in United States Prepare for Coronavirus

With eleven cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) confirmed in the United States, hospitals and healthcare facilities should prepare for the arrival of 2019-nCoV cases. To assist in this preparation, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) released a Hospital Preparedness Checklist, advising all U.S. hospitals to prepare for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and to be ready to employ both clinical and procedural response measures. The checklist suggests hospitals implement heightened screening and triage activities for potential 2019-nCoV cases, and prepare formal response policies for treatment and prevention. With current cases spread across the United States, and more confirmed cases expected, the ultimate impact of 2019-nCoV is not yet known. But as the CDC’s Checklist advises, now is the time for hospitals to prepare.