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COVID-19 Lab Results Available through PHIX
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is now sharing COVID-19 lab results through PHIX. Please note that these lab results should only be accessed by providers who have a treatment relationship with the patient. There is a confidentiality flag on these records, so accessing them will require "breaking glass" to justify why you need to view the record. See the training video below as a refresher, and please note that PHIX will be performing extra audits related to these lab results. Any suspected misuse will be reported immediately to supervisors. 

If you need help with your PHIX account or accessing these lab results, please call 915-242-0674.
Learn how to access sensitive and confidential information through PHIX.
Trinity Gastroenterology Data Now Available
We are excited to announce that Trinity Gastroenterology is partnering with PHIX to share data. Records from Trinity Gastroenterology are now available through PHIX, which will help increase care coordination across our community.
The Hospitals of Providence
Expands Data Sharing
We are excited to announce that The Hospitals of Providence has expanded their data sharing with PHIX. The Hospitals of Providence was PHIX's first data contributor, and they have been sharing data with  PHIX since 2016, including demographics, diagnoses, procedures, labs, radiology reports, discharge summaries, and consult notes. They are now expanding their data sharing to include additional notes, including progress notes and ED notes. These additional notes will support our public health community in monitoring patients in the hospital with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Latest COVID-19 News from Public Health
Message from Robert Resendes, Director,
City of El Paso Department of Public Health
These have been trying times as we work together to do what’s best for health and safety of our community.  Tensions continue to run high as this 3-month-old COVID-19 virus spreads faster than our understanding of its etiological characteristics.  Our most important tool at this point is education.  Personally and professionally, please help to educate and calm as many people as you can within your circles of influence.   Share this message freely.  Encourage your colleagues to register for these and similar notifications at EPHealth.com.
 
Yesterday (3/17), the El Paso Department of Public Health Laboratory tested 13 patients with zero positive results.  As such, El Paso continues to hold at three positive cases, all being travel related – imported to our community.  The 3 patients are all either in quarantine or hospitalized and have had minimal community exposure.  Household members, also in quarantine, continue to be monitored twice daily.

This morning (3/18), we are testing 8 new patients.

As of 8 pm yesterday (3/17), by Health Authority decree, all bars are ordered closed until April 1, 2020, subject to change.  Also as of 8 pm yesterday (3/17), restaurants are ordered to operate at 50% capacity with no more than six customers to a table and customers are to be seated six feet away from other customers.  For more information and details about these orders, please visit http://www.elpasotexas.gov/~/media/files/coep/public%20health/coronavirus/restaurants-bars-orders-updated.ashx?la=en
 
Additional orders and guidance regarding day care facilities were also issued yesterday.  Those can be found here:  http://www.elpasotexas.gov/~/media/files/coep/public%20health/coronavirus/daycare-centers-orders.ashx?la=en
 
Our laboratory capacity has increased from one run of specimens, Monday through Friday, to two runs per day, Monday through Sunday – assuming we receive specimens.  This week, several additional scientists are being trained on the Polymerase Chain Reaction methodologies used to test for this particular virus.  

Clinicians, please be aware that viral nasal and swabs and throat swabs, which are in dire short supply, may be submitted in a single viral transport media container to help with our shortage of viral transport media.  All specimens and associated forms must, of course, be filled out thoroughly.
 
We are working diligently to start-up a drive-up specimen collection center to relieve the testing/exposure concerns of doctors’ offices and to provide some relief to our Emergency Departments.

Like many others, they are either out or very close of being out Personal Protection Equipment for their staff members.

Our school districts, though currently closed, are continuing food service by drive-up/through for their students.  Thank you ISDs!
Thank you to KTSM and KVIA for live air time about COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday evenings respectively.  

The El Paso County and City of El Paso leadership continue to work collaboratively in providing a united front of concern and prevention.  Thank you.
 
Local medical community – Thank you for all your efforts in diagnosing, triaging and treating our loved ones during these trying times.
Register for COVID-19 Updates
Register here to get regular updates to your phone from the City of El Paso Department of Public Health: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/public-health/physicians-and-providers
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