CORHA/CSTE Proposed Investigation/Reporting Thresholds and Outbreak Definitions for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings
The thresholds and outbreak definitions presented in this document are based on available scientific resources and expert opinion and intended only as guidance for potential adaptation to the local epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19); for example, states and localities may have their own outbreak definitions and reporting requirements. The information provided here does not replace reporting of COVID-19 as part of state and local COVID-19 surveillance. Suggested thresholds are intended to expedite facilities’ investigation of COVID-19 cases and reporting to public health authorities, thus ensuring early detection of possible outbreaks and timely intervention to prevent the virus’ spread. Detailed guidance for investigation of COVID-19 cases is available from Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare facilities should consult public health authorities if they have questions.
Source: CORHA, CSTE
Author: CORHA, CSTE
Date Posted: November 2020
In this webinar, Erin Epson, MD, Medical Director and Chief of the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program at the California Department of Health, and CORHA Chair provides an overview of CORHA’s proposed COVID-19 outbreak reporting and definitions, shares state and local examples implementing the tool, and discusses participant feedback.