In the wake of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for notifying COVID-19 affected persons by Private Institutions.
A “suspect case” has been defined as one of the following:
- “A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/ symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and a history of travel to of residence in a country/area or territory reporting local transmission (See NCDC website for updated list) of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset”
- “A patient / healthcare worker with any acute respiratory illness and having been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms”
- “A patient with severe acute respiratory infection (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease (e.g., cough, shortness breath) and requiring hospitalization and with no other etiology that fully explains the clinical presentation”
- “A case for whom testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive”
- A Laboratory confirmed case has been defined as “A person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms”.
As per the Guidelines, the following are to be kept in mind for notifying COVID-19 affected persons by private institutions:
- All government and private hospitals; medical officers in government health institutions; and registered private medical practitioners including Ayush practitioners, are to notify the concerned district surveillance unit, of any person(s) affected with COVID-19.
- Practitioners shall get self-declaration forms, where they have knowledge of persons having travel history of COVID-19 affected countries and are falling under the case definition of COVID-19 (Suspect/Case).
- In case the person has had any such history in the last 14 days and is symptomatic as per case definition of COVID-19, the person must be isolated in the hospital and will be tested for COVID-19 as per protocol.
Information of all such cases should be given to the national helpline 1075 and/or to the State helpline
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