Information regarding the new coronavirus, which causes the disease commonly referred to as COVID-19, surfaced in early December of 2019 in Wuhan, China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first coronavirus case in the United States in late January. As of Tuesday morning (March 10), the number of cases in the US has grown to 747 and will continue to grow. Lack of access to test kits and faulty test kits undermined provider efforts to detect the virus in the US over the last six weeks.
In addition to COVID-19, most hospitals and health systems are still managing the staffing and capacity demands of a vigorous flu season with 34 million Americans having contracted the 2019-2020 flu, accounting for approximately 20,000 deaths.
“What can I be doing right now to help my organization navigate the coronavirus?” It’s an urgent question many are grappling with in live-time.