March 16, 2020

The American Nurses Association\California has issued the following statement for immediate release:

The American Nurses Association\California appreciates the tremendous ongoing efforts of our state's healthcare providers and local and state public health officials as they respond to the growing threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is imperative these organizations work closely with public health, hospitals, and our members to ensure both providers and patients are adequately educated about COVID-19.

Nurses and physicians are the frontline of our healthcare system and will be the first responders as new cases of COVID-19 develop in our communities. We urgently recommend our nurses and healthcare colleagues enact protocols and swift communication with caregivers to protect them from exposure as they manage and respond to this outbreak. 

As we work to stem the spread of COVID-19, it is important that all California healthcare providers educate patients by guiding them to accurate, evidence-based information. We recommend all nurses and healthcare professionals follow the CDC's screening and reporting guidelines and urge providers to talk with their patients about everyday preventive actions. We encourage communities to frequently wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue, clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces regularly, and to stay home when sick.

On-going investigations attempt to understand additional modes of transmission, virus severity, spread of the virus in the absence of symptoms, and the length of time a patient can spread the virus. The CDC has recognized symptoms associated with COVID-19 including mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, with incubation periods lasting 2-14 days. However, the full scope of illness associated with COVID-19 remains under investigation.

ANA Enterprise CEO, Dr. Loressa Cole, and President and CEO of the American Hospital Association, Richard J. Pollack, issued a joint statement to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. The ANA and AHA recommend the issuance of $1 Billion in emergency funding to ensure safe care for patients, protect health care professionals providing patient care, and to support the health and safety of communities.

 

For more information visit:

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

ANA COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus/