2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update # 2

On January 27, 2020, NH DHHS issued health alert COVID-19 update #2 regarding the novel coronavirus.

NH DPHS Health AlertsKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was initially identified in Wuhan, China, with spread now confirmed to be widespread in China and in 15 countries, including 5 confirmed patients in the United States (WA [1], IL [1], CA [2], AZ [1]). Current case counts are 2,886 confirmed cases (2,825 in China), with 81 deaths. There are no confirmed cases in NH, although there are currently two people under investigation (PUI). 
  2. New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) will host a call for healthcare providers on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm to discuss this rapidly evolving outbreak and answer questions. 

    Zoom Webinar: https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/539667612 
    Conference Call Line: 1-646-558-8656 
    Meeting ID: 539 667 612
     

  3. Providers should immediately familiarize themselves with this developing situation and review the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
  4. Healthcare reception and providers should ask patients presenting with a febrile or respiratory illness about travel to Hubei Province, China in the 14 days before symptom onset. Such patients should then immediately be instructed to don a surgical mask; placed in a private room; and managed under standard, contact, and airborne isolation, including provider use of eye protection (e.g., face shield). 
  5. The epidemiology is rapidly evolving. If you encounter a patient with fever or respiratory illness who presents risk factors other than travel to Hubei Province (e.g., no travel but contact to an ill person from Hubei, travel to another province in China or another affected setting), please contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control to discuss testing and patient management. 
  6. The CDC has issued a level 3 travel warning, advising travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei Province, China. CDC has also issued a level 2 travel alert advising that travelers to the rest of China practice enhanced precautions. Given expansion of this outbreak within China, and local control measures being put in place by Chinese officials, travelers may consider postponing travel to other parts of China outside Hubei province until we better understand the extent of the outbreak and risk. 
  7. Any suspect cases should be reported immediately to the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control by calling 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).

Full DHHS Alert