From the Document: "The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed how health care is delivered in the United States and has affected the operations of healthcare facilities. Effects may include increases in patients seeking care for respiratory illness that could be COVID-19, deferring and delaying non-COVID-19 care, disruptions in supply chains, fluctuations in facilities' occupancy, absenteeism among staff because of illness or caregiving responsibilities, and increases in mental health concerns. Currently, no FDA-approved medications to treat COVID-19 or vaccines to prevent it are available. Healthcare facilities need to provide care for all patients in the safest way possible for patients and healthcare personnel (HCP) and at the appropriate level, whether patients need home-based care, outpatient care, urgent care, emergency room care, inpatient care, or intensive care. This guidance outlines goals and strategies for U.S. healthcare facilities to operate effectively and safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides links to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance on providing care in different settings and situations."
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/