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The DOH Secretary of Health, State Health Officer, or Unified Command may modify the criteria based on emerging response needs. The tiers are as follows:
-- First tier: Long-term care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitals with the greatest number of confirmed cases, emergency medical services, first responders who are asked to transport confirmed patients and health care workers supporting long-term care facilities with confirmed cases.
-- Second tier: Health care facilities with fewer confirmed cases, congregate locations with confirmed cases (such as jails, shelters or dormitories), other EMS services and
-- Third tier: Quarantine and isolation facilities run by other jurisdictions, followed by skilled nursing facilities, other health care facilities and outpatient facilities.
-- Fourth tier: Homeless shelters and other congregate locations and family members of confirmed cases who are at home.
The prioritization of N95 respirators (masks) are only distributed to facilities in the first tier and are only distributed at the highest priority to locations that perform aerosol-generating procedures.
Residents will have their chance to pick up or refill small bottles of sanitizer as early as this coming week, Bourdon said, depending on how quickly shipments of needed materials arrive. Only small bottles will be handed out or filled to supply as many people as possible.
Earlier this week,
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The company said it would also search its inventory for additional masks to donate. Hospitals have run so short of the masks and other personal protection equipment that they've had to ration them
Coronavirus testing for high-risk patients, critical service providers expanding in
Coronavirus testing is becoming more available in
Health care officials ask people who believe they have the virus to first set up a virtual appointment or call their health care provider.
The health department will operate a testing site near the Tacoma Dome for people who are showing symptoms and are at high-risk for complications or work in occupations that provide "critical services." It is not for the general public.
To qualify for a test people must:
-- Work in health care.
-- Work in public safety jobs like law enforcement, firefighting or EMS.
-- Work in critical infrastructure, such as grocery stores, homeless shelters, restaurants, gas stations and public utilities.
-- Be in a high-risk group, like those who are over 60, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant.
People at a higher risk of infection and showing symptoms also can be screened and possibly tested at CHI Franciscan triage centers, the health systems reports. Those considered "high-risk" include health care workers, first responders, patients in nursing homes, patients with severe lung illness or chronic disease, pregnant women, patients older than 60 and people who have been exposed to a known COVID-19 patient.
For those with symptoms, local health systems, including MultiCare and CHI Franciscan, are offering free online appointments with health care providers. Virtual appointments are for those with COVID-19 symptoms like a low-grade fever, a cough and mild respiratory problems.
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