COVID-19

More information and guidance on how to prevent the spread of the disease can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) website. Further information regarding the COVID-19 case was released by TDH.

THA is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is regularly communicating with key officials to ensure we can be responsive to member needs and concerns. THA President and CEO Dr. Wendy Long is working with state officials as part of Governor Lee’s Coronavirus Task Force which is working to coordinate efforts to prevent, identify, and treat potential cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) continue to be the best resources for current COVID-19 information.

You can sign up for regular TDH updates on what Tennessee is doing to prepare by emailing covid19.info@tn.gov.

Current information that may be helpful in guiding hospitals’ response to COVID-19 is available at the sites listed below.

In addition, we recognize that hospitals may be asked to address stakeholders and the media regarding COVID-19. THA has prepared some talking points to assist in that effort.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 Weekly Surveillance Summary

COVID-19 Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

Checklists for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings

Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19

Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with COVID-19

Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance)

Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons with Known or Suspected COVID-19, March 2020 (Interim Guidance)

Priorities for Testing Patients with Suspected COVID-19

Information for Laboratories

Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers

Alternative Care Sites and Isolation Sites

Prepare to Care for COVID-19: Get Your Practice Ready

Strategies for Optimizing PPE

Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators using Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator  

Additional resources for healthcare facilities

Print Resources - Updated communication posters to be used for patient, family and public health education on COVID-19. Available in multiple languages.

Public Service Announcements - English and Spanish audio resources to educate the general public on COVID-19

FAQs (Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Personnel Responding to COVID-19)

FAQs (Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control): Includes information on environmental service workers

FAQs (Healthcare Professionals)

FAQs (Healthcare Providers: COVID-19 and Pregnant Women)

Global Cases of COVID-19 (Johns Hopkins map)

Tennessee Department of Health

TN Weekly Situation Summary – 3/27/2020

Latest Tennessee specific COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Unified Command Hub

Guidance on Infection Prevention and PPE Webinar – Recording | Slides

Slides from 3/20/2020 webinar with THA and TDH

Syndromic Surveillance Reporting Guidance

PPE Conservation Guidance

Triage Assessment

Long Term Care Facilities Guidance

Update for Clinicians

Releasing Cases and Contacts from Isolation and Quarantine

Slides from 3/6/2020 webinar with THA and TDH

Slides from 3/13/2020 webinar with THA and TDH

TDH has testing availability in place through the state lab. Please contact TDH at 615-741-7247 to request lab testing for suspected cases.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Other Federal Government Agencies
Who to Contact at THA about COVID-19 Issues

In an effort to ensure our members have the most current information possible, THA has assigned primary internal contacts on various topics related to COVID-19.

Executive Orders and State Legislation: Joe Burchfield

Clinical, PPE Guidance, Elective Surgeries and Visitation Policies: Chris Clarke

Supplies: Mike Dietrich and Adrienne Nordman

Staffing and Child Care for Healthcare Workers: Kelly Insana

Telehealth and Rural Health Issues: Bill Jolley

Federal Waivers, Regulations and TennCare: Amanda Newell

Billing and Compliance: Gwyn Walters

Media: Kelly Insana and Kristin Day