As you are likely aware, the response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak is rapidly evolving. On January 18, 2020, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) disseminated a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Update on this outbreak. The CDC Health Update includes recommendations for health care providers pertaining to 2019-nCoV (https://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/pdf/cdc-update1-17-20.pdf). The specific topics covered include patient evaluation, reporting, specimen collection, testing, and recommendations for infection control.
For the most up-to-date information regarding the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, please continue to check the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). Please be aware that guidance for health care and public health professionals is subject to change, and that updated guidance will be disseminated through the CDC website and the Missouri Health Alert Network (HAN). All HAN documents are archived and available on the DHSS website at: https://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.