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Cyanotoxins in Public Drinking Water Systems

The materials below were developed by OHA in May/June 2018 related to a "do not drink" notice for vulnerable populations in Salem, Oregon due to confirmed low levels of algal toxins in public drinking water. All documents are in PDF format.

Title Translations

Temporary Rules for Cyanotoxin Monitoring at Public Drinking Water Systems

Guidance: Information for Health Care Providers about Cyanotoxins
Guidance: Information for Health Care Facilities about Cyanotoxins SpanishRussian
Fact Sheet: Cyanotoxin Related to the Detroit Lake Algal Bloom, What does it mean for your health? Spanish, Russian, Chuukese, Marshallese, Pohnpeian
Fact Sheet: Avoiding Exposure to Cyanotoxins in Public Drinking Water Systems Spanish, Russian, Chuukese, Marshallese, Pohnpeain
Fact Sheet: Cyanotoxin Facts for Recreational and Drinking Water Spanish, Russian, Chuukese, Marshallese, Pohnpeian

FAQ: What you can do after the Salem Drinking Water Advisory is lifted

Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chuukese,  Marshallese, Pohnpeian
FAQ: Recreational and Do Not Drink Advisories
Signage for Restaurants Spanish, Russian, Chuukese, Marshallese, Pohnpeain

Influenza Guidance for Hospitals

Hospitals and medical providers in Oregon are encountering a high number of patients seeking medical care due to flu symptoms and an increase in bed capacity.

  • Hospital Checklist (PDF):Use this checklist as a guide for hospitals and health care facilities to prepare for, and respond to medical surge.
  • Hospital Medical Surge FAQ (PDF): Hospitals are seeking guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) related to surge capacity, variances, and EMS requirements. This document was developed to explain regulatory limitations and to outline potentially useful options as they respond to the current situation.
  • Oregon Facility Transfer Guidance (PDF): Patient admissions and transfers during periods of widespread influenza activity can create unusually high demand for emergency and inpatient services.

Additional resources


Shortage of Saline, Other Medications and Medical Supplies (2017-2018)

Hurricane-related damage to Baxter Healthcare Corporation facilities in Puerto Rico has led to declines in production of small-volume bags of saline and other medications. The resources below may be of assistance to healthcare partners concerned about these supply shortages during this challenging time.

Additional resources


New CMS Preparedness Rules Resources (as of January 2017)

The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers regulation is 651 pages. The beginning is essentially the responses to suggestions and inquiries that were captured during the public comment period. The middle section details estimated costs associated with implementing the rule within provider sectors. The last 50 pages is dedicated to the breakdown of the individual rule requirements for each provider type. Find your provider type and read the requirements carefully. The core elements are essentially the same but there is distinction regarding conducting testing and some variance in infrastructure mitigation and preparation.

See the following links for more information on:

Documentation review

Initiating preparedness assessments

Emergency planning

Training resources

Researching testing and exercising


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