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COVID-19 Update
SHEA continues to collect feedback from members, both directly and via MySHEA, and share it with the CDC and SHEA leadership, with current emphasis on critical PPE shortages. On Friday we released a statement supporting use of the Defense Production Act to its fullest potential. We're focusing on spurring immediate action. You can expect to see a grassroots call to action soon.
 
During the COVID-19 response, we have limited our asks of volunteers, minimized and cancelled volunteer teleconferences, and delayed membership renewal. The SHEA Board continues to engage on COVID-19 issues to ensure we are supporting and advocating for our members.
 
A special thank you to members who have carved out time to help SHEA review materials, provide feedback, educate, and much more during this crisis. For all that you are doing to support your institution and the community at large, thank you.
SHEA Coronavirus News
Federal Agency News, Guidance, and Guidelines
Occupational Health
Infection Prevention and Control
 
Hand Hygiene
 
Testing and Persons Under Investigation (PUIs)
Treatment
 
Special Settings and Populations
 
Quality Reporting and Reimbursement Policy
Tools and Resources
SHEA Rapid Response Podcast: COVID-19 Update: What We Know Now
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Podcast episodes will launch every Thursday. Each week's episode will include a summary of important news items, medical literature and guidelines on infection prevention that have been published related to COVID-19, and a discussion around the latest and most important questions surrounding the outbreak.
  • Episode 1: Frequently Asked Questions – available now
  • Episode 2: Environment of Care and PPE – available now
  • Episode 3: Surge Planning & Testing – available now
  • Episode 4: Diganostic Testing – available now
  • Episode 5: Coming soon – 3/26
SHEA Rapid Response Webinar: Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness
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The webinar, Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness, will address what healthcare facilities/providers can do in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to decrease the risk of outbreaks, especially regarding novel respiratory viruses. The role of planning and simulation will be discussed, as well as the need to train healthcare workers to utilize PPE correctly. The webinar recording and slides are available now on LearningCE. 
Information for Patients and Visitors
Event Announcements
ASPR COVID-19 CLINICAL ROUNDS - Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations: Critical Care, A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Speakers: Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP, Mark Caridi-Scheible, MD, Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS, FCCM 
Agenda: https://bit.ly/3dqCQO8 
Registration: https://bit.ly/2Uhakat 
 
CDC COCA Call: Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Speakers: John T. Brooks, MD, Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP, Sapna Bamrah Morris MD, MBA, FIDSA
 
CDC COCA Call: COVID-19 Update: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Speakers: Michael Bell, MD, CAPT Ryan Fagan, MD, MPH&TM
 
COVID-19: The Seattle Children's Experience
Thursday, Mar. 26, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Speakers: Kristina Toncray, MD (moderator), Janet Englund, MD, Ruth McDonald, MD, Alpana Waghmare, MD, Tony Woodward, MD, MBA, Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH
Trade Press & Journal Articles
ICHE Coronavirus and COVID-19 Article Collection 
The editors of ICHE have created a page for on the ICHE web site for COVID-19 related articles, commentaries, and letters to the editor.  All COVID-19 manuscripts in their accepted form are freely available here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology/accepted-manuscripts. Check back frequently for updates
 
LitCovid
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19, providing a central access to 1528 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. Updated daily, categorized by  research topics and geographic locations.
 
Social Media
@dan_diekema
Tonight on CNN, Anthony Fauci says what I've wanted to shout from the rooftops: "Today there are no known proven effective therapies for the novel coronavirus". Any of the purported "treatment guidelines" that are floating about should include this sentence on page 1. #COVID19
What I've learned so far during the #COVID?19 pandemic: http://haicontroversies.blogspot.com/2020/03/lessons-from-pandemic.html @SHEA_Epi @APIC
If you're wondering if you really need to stay home and avoid ALL non-essential contact, this should straighten you out: State preparing to make life-or-death decisions if coronavirus overwhelms health care system https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/it-will-not-be-pretty-state-preparing-to-make-life-or-death-decisions-if-coronavirus-overwhelms-health-care-system/
Federal Policy Updates
Congress is still negotiating a third legislative COVID-19 relief package. The Senate's goal was to reach an agreement on an estimated $1.8 trillion funding package and for the Senate to vote on March 23 as negotiations have been going on between Senate Republican and Democratic staff since March 20. However, this plan hit an impasse and the measure failed in the Senate for a second time. More details will be provided as the draft bill evolves.
 
It remains possible that before work is even finished (or shortly after) on the third package, a fourth package is a likely addition to address the crisis. House appropriators want to provide federal agencies with as much as $150 million to address department needs to address this crisis. It could also support the manufacturing of medical supplies needed to address the outbreak. It is also possible that a fourth package may also address other pending healthcare issues, such as addressing surprise billing or the public health extenders that are set to expire on May 22, 2020.
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