Coronavirus

About Coronavirus

As California’s hospitals continue their life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital associations continue to advocate on behalf of hospitals and their patients, in addition to offering these tools and resources:

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

State Health Order on Hospital Surge Released The State Health Order, released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Jan. 5 and amended Jan. 6, is in effect through at least Jan. 26 and unless rescinded, primarily does two things:

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

ICYMI: Deadline for Hospitals to Post Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines Is Jan. 6 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-91, which addresses the need for all health facilities to have crisis care continuum Guidelines and to implement those guidelines if they are experiencing surge as a result of the […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CDPH Issues AFL on Crisis Standards of Care The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-91, which addresses the need for all health facilities to have crisis care continuum guidelines and to implement those guidelines if they are experiencing surge as a result of the current increase in COVID-19 cases. […]

COVID-19 FAQs: Crisis Care

Has the state of California released any guidance for hospitals on crisis standards of care?

In June, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued its California SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Crisis Care Guidelines: Concept of Operations/Health Care Facility Surge Operations and Crisis Care, providing a framework to help health care facilities plan for an overwhelming medical surge due to the pandemic. The guidelines include an overview of surge capacity and crisis care operational considerations, as well as a decision-making framework for allocating ventilators and pandemic patient care strategies for scarce resource situations.

Importantly, while the Guidelines provide information to support individual health care facilities or health system operations, CDPH makes clear that the Guidelines do not replace the judgment of operational management, medical directors, legal advisors, or clinical staff or consideration of other relevant variables and options. To assist hospitals as the winter surge continues to grow, CHA has prepared several resources that highlight the guidelines’ key concepts and planning considerations for allocating scarce medical resources during surge operations. These include:

CHA recommends that when hospitals implement the crisis care guidelines they notify the local CDPH district office as a way of communicating the change in operations at the hospital.

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CHA Resources on Planning for Crisis Standards of Care In June, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued its California SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Crisis Care Guidelines: Concept of Operations/Health Care Facility Surge Operations and Crisis Care, providing a framework to help health care facilities plan for an overwhelming medical surge due to the pandemic. The guidelines include […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

Moderna Vaccine Shipments to Begin Today In a Dec. 18 webinar for hospitals and other vaccinators, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicated that it anticipates having 40% of the first doses needed to vaccinate Phase 1-A populations for California by Dec. 28. These total 1.2 million doses and are for the 3 million […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

HHS Begins Distributing Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distribution of $24.5 billion in Phase 3 Provider Relief Funds to 70,000 providers today. Recipients were required to apply for this Phase 3 general distribution. The application process allocates these payments first to providers that have […]

Coronavirus Response Newsletter

CHA Request for State Support on COVID-19 Response  As part of our ongoing work to secure support from the state to maximize hospitals’ ability to treat patients needing acute and intensive care during the ongoing COVID-19 surge, CHA sent a formal request to the Governor’s Office and the California Health and Human Services Agency on Dec. 13. CHA […]