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COVID-19 – What You Need to Know

Alberta Health Services Public Health has asked the ACFP to support regular updates to family physicians in Alberta regarding the potential outbreak of novel coronavirus.

AHS, ACFP, and CPSA, will continue to share the latest information through our communication channels as it becomes available. All channels will direct you to the same “source of truth” on the AHS website.

Mar 6: Update on Revised Screening Criteria for COVID-19

Nurses, community physicians, and all other health care providers continue to be critical to our COVID-19 response. 
We recognize and appreciate your role in reducing the impact of this emerging public health threat. As we mobilize to respond to new cases and the evolving situation, we will continue to keep you informed.
Today, we are specifically updating you on revised screening criteria for COVID-19. This applies across Alberta, effective immediately, as outlined below.
Please continue to visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16947.aspx for additional information for health professionals. 
The AHS Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) remains active and is also here for you as a resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: ahs.ecc@ahs.ca .
New documents today :
Documenthttps://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/hp/phys/if-hp-phys-moh-novel-coronavirus-update-external.pdf . This provides an update on the revised screening criteria, in place in Alberta, effective immediately.
Webpagehttps://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16947.aspx – This is a direct link to health provider information, on the www.ahs.ca/covid webpage.

Mar 3: COVID-19 FAQ for Primary Care Providers

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Primary Care

A new “Frequently Asked Questions” document with answers to common COVID-19 questions from primary care providers is now available. You can access the document via the “ Information for Primary Care Providers ” page on ahs.ca. This document will be updated regularly. Please send us additional questions you would like addressed in future updates.
This document contains supplementary information for primary care. Providers should also review the “Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals” page for critical information for all health professionals , including primary care providers, on the COVID-19 response.

Mar 2: novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Update

Download PDF – AHS Memorandum for ACFP Members Monday, March 2, 2020

MEMORANDUM

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
To: Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)
From: Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health, AHS
RE: novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Update

Dear ACFP members,

COVID-19 continues to be a significant public health risk both globally and here in Alberta.

As this situation evolves, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is providing regular updates and information for healthcare providers on the AHS website and in physician email inboxes.

Up-to-date information, FAQs, screening criteria, periodic updates and other resources for providers are available at the following locations:

Regular updates are being forwarded by AHS directly to Alberta physicians via the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). Please watch for these updates in your inbox. If you have not received these updates, please contact the CPSA to ensure they have your latest email contact information.

Additionally, updates are being shared via Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and the ACFP.

For many Albertans, their first point of contact with the healthcare system is with Primary Care Providers. It is important that ACFP members stay informed regarding COVID-19. Please review these resources and encourage your colleagues to do so as well.

If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact your local Medical Officer of Health (MOH).

Sincerely,

Laura McDougall, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Senior Medical Officer of Health and
Senior Medical Director, Population, Public and Indigenous Health (PPIH)

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