Patient Care

The Shelby County Health Department has provided a list of resources for those who are caring for others in hospital facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For guidelines and information in non-hospital facilities, please click here

Care Provider Guidance

COVID-19 Patient Clinical Management Guidance

Click here for clinical management guidance for clinicians caring for patients with confirmed infection with COIVD-19 — including incubation periods, symptoms, asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infection, asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission; clinical course, laboratory and radiographic findings, clinical management and treatment; and Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions or Home Isolation.

Patient Triage & Assessment

Click here for assessment guidance to determine if COVID-19 testing is indicated, understanding our options for laboratory testing, and safely caring for your patience and collecting specimens (applies to all facilities types, emergency departments, outpatient settings, inpatient settings and intensive care).

Shelby County Testing

This Fact Sheet informs you of the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the emergency use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019

Click here for guidance for healthcare providers considering testing people with possible COVID-19 should work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with commercial or clinical laboratories using viral tests granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This guidance includes guidelines for collection, handling, storage and shipping. 

Releasing Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Click here for guidelines on releasing cases, household contacts and non-household contacts from isolation and quarantine. 

Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings 

Click here for discontinuation guidelines for healthcare providers and public health officials managing persons with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) under isolation who are not in healthcare settings. This includes but is not limited to at home, in a hotel or dormitory room, or in a group isolation facility.

Disposition of Hospitalized Patients with COVID 19

Click here for guidance to determine when to discontinue transmission-based precautions for patients with confirmed COVID infection. 

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