Government issues guidelines for notifying COVID-19 affected persons by private institutions

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In a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19, the government of India has instructed states to follow a set of guidelines to minimise the reach of the virus. A comprehensive method of prevention and timely separation of affected patients has been prescribed by the government . As of now, India has recorded 137 cases of coronavirus, with Maharashtra emerging as the new epicentre.

Guidelines to the states:

In the wake of prevailing COVID-19 situation and in order to strengthen the containment measures, it is utmost important that each and every case (suspects/confirmed) of COVID-19 is isolated and provided appropriate treatment and their contacts are traced at the earliest to break the chain of transmission. It is important that the support and cooperation of private sector is enlisted , in this regard.

Therefore, it shall be mandatory for all hospitals (Government and Private), Medical officers in Government health institutions and registered Private Medical Practitioners including AYUSH Practitioners, to notify such person(s) with COVID-19 affected person to concerned district surveillance unit. All practitioners shall also get the self-declaration forms, who, within their knowledge, are having travel history of COIVD-19 affected countries as per the extant guidelines and are falling under the case definition of COVID-19 (Suspect/Case)

In case the person has any such history in the last 14 days and is symptomatic as per case definition of COIVD-19, the person must be isolated in the hospital and will be tested for COVID-19 as per protocol.

Information of all such cases should be given to the State helpline number (list enclosed) and also to nation helpline 1075. Email may also be sent at ncov2019 @gov.in

COVID-19 Case Definitions ( Annexure-I )

Suspect Case:

A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND a history of travel to of residence in a country/area or territory reporting local transmission (See NCDC website for updated list) of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset;

OR

A patient / Health care worker with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms;

OR

A patient with severe acute respiratory infection (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness breath) AND requiring hospitalization AND with no other etiology that fully explains the clinical presentation;

OR

A case for whom testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive Laboratory Confirmed case: A person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.

Helpline numbers:
States
1 Andhra Pradesh 0866-2410978
2 Arunachal Pradesh 9536055743
3 Assam 6913347770
4 Bihar 104
5 Chhattisgarh 077122-35091
6 Goa 104
7 Gujarat 104
8 Haryana 8558893911
9 Himachal Pradesh 104
10 Jharkhand 104
11 Karnataka 104
12 Kerala 0471-2552056
13 Madhya Pradesh 0755-2527177
14 Maharashtra 020-26127394
15 Manipur 3852411668
16 Meghalaya 108
17 Mizoram 102
18 Nagaland 7005539653
19 Odisha 9439994859
20 Punjab 104
21 Rajasthan 0141-2225624
22 Sikkim 104
23 Tamil Nadu 044-29510500
24 Telangana 104
25 Tripura 0381-2315879
26 Uttar Pradesh 18001805145
27 Uttarakhand 104
28 West Bengal 3323412600

Union Territory (UT)
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 03192-232102
2 Chandigarh 9779558282
3 D & N Haveli 104
Daman & Diu 104
4 Delhi 011-22307145
5 Jammu 1912520982
Kashmir 0194-2440383
6 Ladakh 01982-256462
7 Lakshdweep 04896-263742
8 Puducherry 104

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