2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Monitoring For Employees

Occupational Health Clinic

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has emerged in Wuhan City (Hubei Province), China and has caused respiratory illness. It appears to have first started from exposure to animals at a seafood and animal market. The incubation period (time from exposure to development of symptoms) can be up to 14 days. Please see the Infection Prevention website for information on patient screening and a comprehensive list of FAQs at https://www.vumc.org/infectioncontrol/.

Annual TB Testing for Employees Streamlined

Occupational Health Clinic

Based on National Infection Control (CDC) Guidelines, a significant subset of employees no longer need annual TB testing!  The Department of Infection Prevention and Occupational Health recently did a risk assessment for cases of active, contagious tuberculosis throughout the Medical Center, and have identified that many areas can be classified as “low risk”.  Areas are considered low risk when they care for fewer than 6 TB patients/year in hospitals or fewer than 3 TB patients/year in outpatient clinics.