(Updated April 3, 2020)

Resources for Your Practice

If You Suspect a Patient has COVID-19 and Needs Testing

Contact your local health department:

Infection Control, Patient Testing and Treatment, Coding Guidelines and More

TMA COVID-19 Task Force:   HHS and CDC:   Houston and Harris County: Coding and Release from Isolation Guidelines:
  • ICD-10 COVID-19 Coding Guidelines
    • WHO established new ICD-10 Code for COVID-19 (U07.1, 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease)
    • For cases where there is a concern about possible exposure but is ruled out after evaluation (Z03.818, Encounter for observation for suspected exposure to other biological agents ruled out)
    • For cases where there is an actual exposure to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 (Z20.828, Contact with and (suspected) exposure to viral communicable diseases)
    • Additional coding guidance
  • Release from In-Home Isolation Guidance (TxHHS, March 23, 2020)


Postponed Branch Meetings:

  • April 16 - Southeast Branch meeting
  • April 22 - Western Branch meeting
  • April 28 - East Branch meeting
  • May 6 - Northwest Branch social event
  • May 7 - North Branch meeting
  • May 14 - Central Branch meeting
  • May 20 - Southwest Branch meeting

Postponed Events:

  • April 4 - Business Expo - Will be rescheduled to the fall. Date TBD.

Favorite Healthcare Staffing
  • Favorite Healthcare staffing is prepared to assist facilities facing increased patient census due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • All specialties of Registered Nurses, LPNs, CNAs, and Advanced Practice professionals
    • Respiratory therapists, case managers, social workers. and other Allied Health professionals
    • Non-clinical staff including environmental services and materials associates


How Is COVID-19 spread?

It is primarily spread from person-to-person through:
  • Close contact within approximately six feet;
  • Respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing.

Video -- Breaking down how staying in can save lives during the COVID-19 crisis pic.twitter.com/9q7MpbpES8

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

It is an upper respiratory illness that causes the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It can take as little as two days, or as long as 14 days for symptoms to appear. As we are also experiencing flu season and high pollen counts, it is important to remember that there are other, more common causes for the upper respiratory symptoms mentioned above.

Information for patients and the public:

How Can You Help? Give Blood Today

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center takes your safety seriously. Blood Donations remain an essential operation during the Stay at Home Work Safe order.  In order to maintain an adequate blood supply, healthy and well people should donate regularly.  If you want to be a blood donor, contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to set up an appointment at a facility near you.