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Our request for information in light of Coronavirus outbreak

February 7, 2020

Dear Labor Partners/Employer Representatives,

Please see information request, below, in relation to the coronavirus situation.  We are doing our part to ensure that the hospitals and members we represent can be prepared to identify and care for any patients or staff who may have or may be suspected of having CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV). The safety of our members and their ability to care for our communities is paramount as the reach of the virus evolves.

To ensure the health and well-being of our members and their patients, we are asking all our hospital partners to take steps aligned with the CDC Preparedness Checklist.  With that in mind, the following information is requested.

What steps has the hospital taken thus far to:

  1. Prevent spread of 2019-nCoV?
  2. Identify and isolate patients with 2019-nCoV and inform key facility staff and public health authorities?
  3. Care for a limited number of patients with known or suspected 2019-nCoV as part of routine operations?
  4. Potentially care for a larger number of patients in the context of escalating transmission?
  5. Outline plans for internal and external communication?
  6. Monitor and manage healthcare personnel with potential for exposure to 2019-nCoV?
  7. Manage the impact on patients, the facility, and healthcare personnel?

The CDC recommends the following checklist and highlights some key areas for hospitals to review in preparation for 2019-nCoV.


On behalf of our members and the patients they care for, I am requesting that you provide this information to us within ten (10) days.  If you have already shared information with us, I thank you in advance.  For anyone who has shared information, If there is anything contained in this request that has not already been provided, forward to us as soon as possible – but in no event later than ten (10) days from today.

Should any of you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Rosanna Mendez, Executive Director SEIU Local 121RN