Comal County COVID-19 Facts for Providers

Healthcare Providers:

 

Q: What do we do if we suspect we have a COVID-19 case?

A: The appropriate infection control measures, reporting processes for COVID-19 testing, information on clinical management, and additional guidance for healthcare providers can be found at the following website:

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/

Healthcare providers can subscribe to the DSHS coronavirus page to receive updates on guidance as they occur.

This link can also be accessed through our website:

https://www.co.comal.tx.us/Public%20Health/Emergency_Preparedness/EP.htm

It is recommended that providers attempt to rule out common explanatory illnesses such as influenza and other respiratory infections before proceeding with COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 is a notifiable condition and providers should report suspected patients to the local health department whether samples are sent to a private commercial lab or a state lab.

 

Several Texas laws (Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

 

Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (Chapter 97, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code ). 

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