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COVID-19 Outbreak

As the global healthcare and public health community work to contain the COVID-19 Outbreak, the W MA HMCC will use this incident page as a general repository for information and updates.  Standing links to state and federal partners that issue clinical or public information guidance and support can be found below.

Standalone documents will also be posted on the HMCC Resources page under Emerging Infectious Disease/Pandemic Influenza.


Please find a link to new interim guidance for EMS and PSAPs for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus issued by CDC. CDC’s Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for 2019-nCoV in the United States

Today, CDC posted interim guidance for healthcare personnel (HCP) involved in the COVID-19 response. Please see below for the link.

Document title: “Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)”



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new movement and monitoring guidelines, “Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings”. For your convenience, you can find it here.

In addition, CDC  released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak — United States, December 31, 2019–February 4, 2020. For your convenience, you can find it here.


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released a statement this morning notifying all local health personnel of the first case of COVID-2019 in Boston, MA in a person recently arrived from China. Currently, the risk of COVID-2019 to Massachusetts residents remains low, and there are no reported instances of community transmission in the United States at this time.

Please be aware that the risk of flu is currently much higher, and people experiencing flu- like symptoms should stay home, practice good hand washing hygiene, and remember to cover their cough and sneeze. If you have questions related to a specific situation in your municipality or facility, or if you need assistance with understanding guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please contact the Mass DPH 24/7 Epidemiology line at 617-983-6800.

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