5/12/20: Health Advisory – COVID-19 Updates for Providers

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Prevent additional disease outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Childhood vaccination rates in Washington and the United States have declined in 2020—possibly due to fear of exposure to COVID-19 at healthcare facilities.

Delaying STD treatment can result in complications like pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and complicated infections like disseminated gonorrhea.

  • Follow DOH’s and CDC’s guidance on adapting STD practices while the need for social distancing persists.
  • If your clinic services have not been disrupted, continue to follow recommendations in 2015 STD treatment guidelines and 2020 quality STD clinical services.
  • If your clinic now relies on telemedicine, presumptive oral medication treatment is acceptable for uncomplicated symptomatic infections and exposures. Advise patients treated presumptively to get tested as soon as practical and seek medical care if symptoms persist.
  • Provide EPT to partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea. You can prescribe these medications to patients or their partners. They are covered by health insurance.

Kawasaki disease or pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome during the COVID-19 pandemic

United States, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Belgium report more children in intensive care exhibiting pathophysiology similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like illness. Three of the 85 United States cases died. While many of these children tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies, it is still unclear if there is a causal link between COVID-19 and this syndrome.

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