COVID-19

General Information

NCTTRAC is working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and with regional hospitals, EMS agencies, public health agencies, and emergency management to help coordinate the ESF-8 response to COVID-19 in Trauma Service Area E. You can view the current case counts in Texas by visiting the DSHS News Update webpage.

Recurring Conference Calls

DSHS COVID-19 Conference Call

Frequency: Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 4:00 PM CST
Audience: Public Health & Medical Partners, Emergency Management, Schools & Higher Education, Local & Elected Officials
Call-in Number: 800-289-0462
Passcode: 805539

Dallas County COVID-19 Daily Update Call

Frequency: Daily, Sunday through Saturday, 12:00 PM CST (Occasionally moves to 1:00 PM)
Audience: Dallas County Response Partners (NO MEDIA)
Call-in Information/Passcode available via email

CDC COVID-19 Response Team National Call

Frequency: Weekly, Monday, 1:00 PM CST
Audience: State/Local/Territorial Preparedness Directors, State Epidemiologists, State Health Officials, Public Health Laboratory Directors, Nongovernmental Partners
Call-in Number: 1-888-921-9091
Passcode: 1324420

Region 1 North TX Regional EOC Coordination Call

Frequency: Weekly, Thursday, 2:00 PM CST
Audience: Hospitals, EMS Agencies, Public Health Agencies, Emergency Management, Other Healthcare Provider Types, Other Response Partners
Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/707052209
Call-in Number: +346-248-7799
Meeting ID: 707 052 209

NEW Personal Protective Equipment Resource (PPE) Request

PPE Decontamination?

Battelle CCDS – PPE Decontamination for Reuse:

The City of Fort Worth, in coordination with DSHS, TDEM, and NCTTRAC, has agreed to host a Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) beginning as soon as next week.  This unit uses Vapor Phase Hydrogen Peroxide to decontaminate N95 respirators for reuse up to 20 times.  This is a joint governmental partnership and is a free service for healthcare and first responders.  The State of Texas is supporting six units including one in DFW.  The Fort Worth unit is intended to support all of northern Texas, generally stretching from the Panhandle to Piney Woods.

Battelle Enrollment:

Click on the link below to enroll in the Battelle PPE decontamination program.
https://www.battelle.org/inquiry/offerings-and-services/covid-response

Important Documents

Battelle CCDS Presentation HCS 4.24.20
MGH N95 Reprocessing Program Process Flow
Battelle-EUA
Guide for Identifying FDA EUA Authorized N95 Respirators for Battelle CCDS

Additional Resources

Detailed information on the Battelle CCDS™ collection process and how to prep N95s can be found in the following documentation:

Battelle FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Instructions for Healthcare Personnel
Instructions for Healthcare Facilities
HCP – Fact Sheet

PPE: Other Resources

COVID-19 SNS PPE Distribution

Agencies and facilities needing to request PPE supplies from the SNS stockpile should continue using the process outlined in the documents below.

COVID-19 Strategic National Stockpile Distribution Information
NCTTRAC COVID19 PPE Request Form V.50 Final

Potential PPE Vendors

Grainger – https://www.grainger.com/
Boundtree – https://www.boundtree.com/
Abatix – https://www.abatix.com/
Prestige Ameritech – https://www.prestigeameritech.com/
MSC Direct – https://www.mscdirect.com/
Uline – https://www.uline.com/
Medline – https://www.medline.com/
Cardinal Health – https://www.cardinalhealth.com/en.html

Looking to Donate or Sell PPE?

State of Texas
Dallas County

PPE Guidance

Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment – CDC, 4/3/2020
PPE Burn Rate Calculator – CDC, 4/7/2020
Emergency Use Authorization of Respiratory Protective Devices – FDA, 3/28/2020
Recommended Guidance for Extended Use & Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings – CDC/NIOSH
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE – CDC, 4/3/2020
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators – CDC, 4/3/2020
Crisis/Alternate Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators – CDC, 3/17/2020
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Eye Protection – CDC, 3/17/2020
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Isolation Gowns – CDC, 3/17/2020
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks – CDC, 3/17/2020
Considerations for Respirator Selection in Healthcare – CDC/NIOSH
Procurement Under EE Circumstances Memo – FEMA, 3/17/2020
Procurement Under EE Circumstances Fact Sheet – FEMA, 3/16/2020

Alternate Care Sites?

Hospitals and communities setting up alternate care sites for COVID-19 testing, triage, or treatment should consider the resources below.

State/Federal Guidance

ASPR TRACIE Information on COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing – ASPR TRACIE, 3/16/2020
EMTALA Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19 – CMS, 3/9/2020

POTENTIAL VENDORS FOR FREE-STANDING STRUCTURES – TENTS, TRAILERS, INFLATABLE MMUS, ETC.

Grainger – https://www.grainger.com/
Blu-Med – https://blu-med.com/
Clinic-In-A-Can – http://www.clinicinacan.org/
Big D Party Rental – https://bigdpartyrentals.com/

Contact the EMCC

817-608-0390 – Main EMCC Number
817-607-7020 – 24/7 TSA-E Medical Emergency Phone
NCTTRAC_EMCC@ncttrac.org

Resources for EMS Agencies

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