Corona Virus – AK-ACEP Update

Helpful Links – From ACEP National : COVID-19 Daily Updates

ACEP Engaged Forum: Stay in contact with ACEP and colleagues regarding COVID-19 updates on the Engaged platform here.


Contact if you run into any trouble.

“We’re the directors of Alaska’s emergency rooms. It’s time to shut down nonessential air travel.”

An op-ed piece on the Anchorage Daily News urges Alaska citizens to severely limit travel to the lower 48.


Risk & Evaluation Criteria

The CDC website has a chart to guide evaluation of patients under investigation.

Cases should be reported to the hospital’s infection control department and to the local or state health department.

Links regarding 2019-nCoV:

Alaska State DOH



From the CDC:

“Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed feverand/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Priorities for testing may include:

  1. Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
  2. Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults (age ≥ 65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
  3. Any persons including healthcare personnel2, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact3 with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed4 COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas5 within 14 days of their symptom onset.

Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.”

Testing in the U.S.: More laboratories are coming on line each day, and test turnaround times should improve. View CDC’s map of COVID-19 test availability.