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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Best sources of information:  

Pennsylvania Department of Health website, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

If you are physician or APC and would like to contact another physician or APC with a COVID-19 question, please call 717-851-4990 or email WMG-COVID-19_Physician_APC_Support@WellSpan.org.

Overview of the Situation:

There has been the identification of a novel coronavirus originally emerged from Wuhan City, China, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases across the globe. This virus has been named as COVID-19.  WellSpan Health is monitoring the current status and will provide regular updates here for our community physician partners.

Background:

There is evidence of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19. WHO/CDC are recommending patients are placed in airborne, droplet (to include eye protection if wearing a N95) and contact isolation while being evaluated and cared for.

COVID-19 In-person Ambulatory Screening Flowchart

COVID-19 In-person Hospital Screening Flowchart

Evaluation and Treatment/Testing Collection Sites

As WellSpan responds to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across Pennsylvania, part of our work has been to deploy the use of dedicated (and sometimes fully open-air) evaluation and/or treatment/testing collection sites across the health system.  

These sites will be for patients that have previously been evaluated for coronavirus (COVID-19) and a determination made that they be tested. These WellSpan sites are not meant for walk-in patients. 

COVID Testing and Evaluation/Treatment Sites

Pre-Procedure COVID-19 Testing Sites

All medical group practices are screening patients, and if deemed a risk then they are directed to these locations. Patients are encouraged to call their primary care provider to be evaluated for potential testing. If a patient doesn’t have a primary care provider they can take advantage of an online screening tool at www.WellSpan.org/Coronavirus to determine if they may be at risk for COVID-19. Also, patients are encouraged to use WellSpan Online Urgent Care to be seen quickly and safely, without the need to travel to a care location. Patients should visit www.WellSpan.org/OUC to get started. Finally, a Coronavirus Information Hotline has been established for patients that may have questions. Call toll-free at (855) 851-3641. The line is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

These dedicated sites limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 disease and will help preserve negative airflow rooms at WellSpan hospitals for the sickest patients who need treatment for their symptoms. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance

Hospital Setting

Contact and Droplet Precautions PPE

Full Face Shield in Negative Air Flow PPE

PAPR PPE

Ambulatory Setting

Clinical Not Swabbing

Clinical Swabbing

POA Clerical Not Swabbing


Guidance on Elective Surgeries and Procedures 

Elective Surgeries and Procedures Fact Sheet  English | Spanish

Preoperative Self-Isolation Instructions  English | Spanish

 

Guidance on Medical Staff Returning to Work 

Screening of Credentialed Medical Staff Returning to Work


Signage

Please see below for the language that we are currently using at our WellSpan Medical Group Practices.

ATTENTION:

If you have symptoms you believe are related to coronavirus (COVID-19), which include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

STOP and call the office before entering the building.