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COVID-19 Update | January 29, 2021
Important Highlights
*NEW* COVID-19 Genomic Epidemiology Toolkit 
The Office of Advanced Molecular Detection released this toolkit to address topics related to the application of genomics to epidemiologic investigations and public health response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The COVID-19 Genomic Epidemiology Toolkit is meant to further the use of genomics in responding to COVID-19 at the state and local level. 
 
*UPDATE* New Data Tracking Module: Federal Pharmacy Partnership LTC Program  
The COVID-19 Data Tracker now includes a new module that reflects how many doses of vaccine have been administered by jurisdiction through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. To date, 2,289,284 vaccines have been administered through this program. The module offers an interactive map, as well as a breakdown of the total number of people with one or more doses in long-term care facilities, total number of residents vaccinated in each jurisdiction, and total number of staff vaccinated in each jurisdiction. These data will be updated every weekday. 
SHEA Coronavirus News
SHEA Converse & Convene: Safely Reopening Schools During the Pandemic (Open to SHEA Members) 
REGISTER HERE 
This members-only networking event will focus on questions related to safely reopening schools during the pandemic. Please note this event is not recorded and is intended for members to have an open, candid discussion around this topic. 
Moderator: Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc, Harvard Medical School 
 
SHEA Releases COVID-19 Research Agenda Identifying Gaps in Knowledge 
Led by Drs. Lona Mody and Dev Anderson and the SHEA Research Committee, a team of 40 leading experts in healthcare epidemiology and infectious diseases published a new research agenda that defines the critical areas of study to inform clinical practice, policy, and prevention strategies for COVID-19 and future pandemics. “COVID-19 Research Agenda for Healthcare Epidemiology,” published Jan. 26 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), identifies gaps in our understanding of epidemiology, outbreak investigation, surveillance, isolation precaution practices, personal protective equipment, environmental contamination and disinfection, drug and supply shortages, antimicrobial stewardship, healthcare personnel occupational safety, and return to work policies. The authors note that this research agenda, while a significant tool for shaping the direction of the scientific literature, represents expert opinion at a moment in time during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic. They note that priorities may shift as the pandemic evolves and as vaccines and other therapeutics become available.
  
Read the press release here.  
 
Updated SHEA Statement for Healthcare Settings Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination (Jan. 22)  
This updated planning document, published in Oct. and updated in Dec., contains the following new information: the early “grace period” for second dose should be for exceptions only; the effects on vaccines with use of antibody-containing products are not yet known; facilities should coordinate with their IT departments to prevent phishing and other security breaches related to making appointments and issuing reminders; extra vaccine doses in multidose vials may be used if a full dose can be withdrawn; Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) consultation is available to clinicians; vaccines are not initially FDA-authorized for children under 16 years of age; pregnant women are not excluded from choosing to be vaccinated; facilities should establish protocols for evaluating symptoms in employees due to COVID-19 vaccination vs. COVID-19 illness. 
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Vaccines 
MMWR 
 
Infection Prevention and Control 
 
Special Settings and Populations 
 
Clinical Care 
 
Testing and Cases 
 
Communication Resources 
 
Research 
Information for Patients, Visitors, and the General Public
Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines (Vaccinate Your Family)  
 
Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC) 
Event Announcements
CDC COVID-19 Partner Update: One Health Resources to Address COVID-19 in Animals and People 
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Mon., Feb. 1, 3 pm-4 pm EST 
 
COVID-19 and the Legacy of Racism: Vaccine Hesitancy and Treatment Bias (NIHCM Foundation) 
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Wed., Feb. 3, 3pm-4pm ET
Federal Policy Updates
No Time to Lose: Solutions to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in the States  
House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing  
Tue., Feb. 2, 11:00am 
 
Media Statement from Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator (CDC)  
SHEA Education and Events
New this week:
  1. Webinar: Advising Schools During COVID-19: Healthcare Epidemiology & Implementation Science
  2. Podcast: Healthcare Professionals Involvement in Vaccination Campaigns
  3. Town Hall Round 40
    Sunday, January 31, 2021 | 3:00 pm ET
    REGISTER HERE or watch live on Facebook
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