Novel Coronavirus (nCoV-2019) Identified in Wuhan, China

On January 21, 2020, NH DHHS issued health alert regarding a novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China.

NH DPHS Health AlertsKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Providers should be aware of a novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) which was initially identified causing a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. Infection has since spread to other parts of China and surrounding countries. 
  2. Providers should familiarize themselves with this developing situation and review the attached Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
  3. As should be normal routine, healthcare facilities (at patient reception) and providers should inquire about travel history in any ill presenting patients, particularly those with a febrile or respiratory illness. Any patients with a fever or respiratory illness who traveled to Wuhan, China in the 14 days before symptom onset should be given a surgical mask to wear; placed in a private room; and managed under standard, contact, and airborne isolation, including provider use of eye protection (e.g., face shield) and a N95 respirator. 
  4. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 1 travel watch—the lowest of its three levels—for Wuhan, China. CDC advises travelers to Wuhan to avoid living or dead animals, animal markets, and contact with sick people. 
  5. Any suspect cases should be reported immediately to the NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) by calling 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300). The CDC is able to perform testing for this novel coronavirus which, if needed, should be coordinated through NH DPHS.

Full DHHS Alert