New CDC COVID Guidance Published on Relief Care, Especially for Rural Communities

This guidance is intended for state and local emergency medical planners and all healthcare facilities, especially facilities in rural areas. The guidance outlines considerations around the transfer of patients, staff, and supplies between healthcare facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and to minimize use of crisis care standards. One strategy is to identify relief healthcare facilities and either establish a federal, state, or regional Medical Operation Coordination Cell (MOCC) or coordinate with an existing MOCC. This guidance offers considerations for jurisdictions around patient safety and relief healthcare facility operations.