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CDPH Issues Revised Ebola Guidance
Establishes Ebola hotline and FAQs for public

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has revised its Oct. 13 All Facilities Letter (AFL) on Ebola information and preparedness for hospitals. The updated Oct. 20 AFL, which is attached, clarifies that hospitals must report potential Ebola patients to both their local health department and their CDPH Licensing and Certification District Office. The new AFL has also been revised based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance, issued Oct. 20. It includes links to CDC’s checklists for Patients Being Evaluated for EVD, EVD Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler, and a Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, as well as a copy of CDPH’s Ebola scenario and preparedness drill for hospitals. CDPH states that it “joins CMS in strongly urging all California hospitals to adopt the CDC screening procedures and complete the CDC preparedness checklists, as well as use the CDPH Ebola drill in their emergency and outpatient departments.”

CDPH has also established an Ebola Information Line to respond to public inquires about the disease. The public information line — (855) 421-5921 — is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CDPH has also released FAQs that reference the information line and answer questions about the current situation in California (with no confirmed cases), Ebola signs and symptoms, what to do if Ebola is suspected, CDPH’s role as the lead government state agency, lessons learned from cases around the country, impact on travel and waste management. These resources may be helpful for hospitals as they respond to calls and questions from the public.