Resources for Independent Medical Professionals
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
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.
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 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.
Testing and Evaluation/Treatment 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
Contact and Droplet Precautions PPE
Full Face Shield in Negative Air Flow PPE
Clinical Not Swabbing
POA Clerical Not Swabbing
Please see below for the language that we are currently using at our WellSpan Medical Group Practices.
If you have symptoms you believe are related to coronavirus (COVID-19), which include
- Shortness of Breath
STOP and call the office before entering the building.