Infection Prevention

Current data suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly occurs during close exposure to a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The resources on this page are intended for U.S. healthcare settings to ensure healthcare professionals and facilities are informed on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Infection prevention for non-healthcare settings can be found here.

 

Resources

VDH Aerosol Generating Procedures and COVID-19 Infographic (5/15/20)

CDC: Donning PPE

CDC: Doffing PPE

Obtaining PPE

The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) has coordinated with Amazon to ensure organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the Commonwealth can purchase critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) through Amazon Business on a prioritized basis.  This opportunity is available to hospitals, health clinics, doctor’s offices, and other medical care providers. In order to participate in this program, a business must first sign up on Amazon Business. As with many other supply chain routes, PPE supplies through Amazon are limited depending on current demand and inbound shipments.  Nevertheless, this option can serve as a prioritized source of PPE for Virginia’s medical providers that are experiencing disruptions in their normal supply chain. The link to sign up can be accessed using this url:  https://business.amazon.com/en/work-with-us/healthcare/covid-19-supplies.

There is another source for PPE that brings Virginia businesses together to both source and obtain PPE.  The Virginia Manufacturer’s Association has partnered with Virginia businesses to create a website that serves as a clearinghouse for businesses seeking PPE.  That site can be found at https://www.mcclungcompanies.com/.

Project N95 is the National Clearinghouse for critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies.

The eVA COVID-19 emergency vendor list is available to find vendors who may be able to fill orders.

Decontaminating N95 Respirators

  • On May 2, Governor Northam announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Virginia to receive three Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems™ (CCDS).
  • The three systems are now operational in the Town of Blacksburg, the City of Newport News, and Chesterfield County.
  • The Battelle CCDS™ uses a concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor to decontaminate N95 masks, which can sustain up to 20 decontamination cycles without degrading filtration performance.
  • Battelle has been authorized under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization to decontaminate N95 or N95 equivalent filtering facepiece respirators (FFR or respirators) that do not contain cellulose. Respirators that contain cellulose-based materials are excluded from the Battelle CCDS™ EUA and cannot be processed using Battelle CCDS™.
  • These systems are federally funded through FEMA and the Defense Logistics Agency, and health care providers will not be charged for the decontamination services.
  • Providers can contact Battelle to enroll and obtain the site code(s) needed to label their N95 respirators. Without these site codes, Battelle will not be able to return the processed N95s to the facility.
  • Additional information and instructions are available on the Battelle website and the Battelle CCDS process document.