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SD DOH Updated COVID-19 Info for Medical Providers

10 Mar 2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Source: https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx 3/10/20 

INFORMATION FOR MEDICAL PROVIDERS (Updated 3/10/20)

  • Medical providers who are concerned a patient may be infected with COVID-19 should:
    • Mask the patient
    • Isolate the Patient in a private room or separate area, and
    • Contact with SD-DOH (800-592-1861) immediately for consultation and guidance
  • Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other infectious causes of respiratory illness, such as influenza and RSV. Note: Asymptomatic patients are not eligible for testing at the SD Public Health Laboratory.

Priority Level

Clinical Features

Risk Exposure*

Low

Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of Breath

None identified

Medium

Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of breath AND Elevated risk for severe infection**

None identified

Medium

Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of Breath

Identified risk

High

Fever OR Cough OR Sore Throat OR Shortness of Breath

Identified healthcare risk***

High

Fever AND Cough OR Shortness of Breath

Identified risk

*Individual meets the risk exposure criterion if they have one of the following:

Close contact to a laboratory-confirmed case within 14 days of symptom onset.

History of travel to a geographic area with community transmission in a state within 14 days of symptom onset. Visit CDC website for the current list of states.

History of travel from a country under a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Advisory. Visit CDC website for the current list of countries.

**Elevated Risk for Severe COVID-19 Infection

Hospitalized patients

Older adults (65 years of age and older

Individuals with certain pre-existing conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and immunosuppressed)

***Any healthcare worker who was caring for or who had unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of a suspected COVID-19 patient or laboratory-confirmed case within 14 days of symptoms onset.


  • SD-DOH would like to remind medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories that cases of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are considered immediately reportable in South Dakota (under Coronavirus Respiratory syndromes).

Sourcehttps://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx 3/10/20 


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