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COVID-19 Update | February 26, 2021
Important Highlights
CDC National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Resources  
Recordings and materials from the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine are posted on the CDC’s web site. On this page, you will find a variety of resources regarding COVID-19 vaccines presented during the forum.
SHEA Coronavirus News
SHEA Converse & Convene: COVID-19 Variants and its Impact on Testing and Prevention Measures (Open to SHEA Members)   
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This members-only networking event will focus on questions related to the variants and the impact it has on testing and prevention measures. Please note this event is not recorded and is intended for members to have an open, candid discussion around this topic.   
Moderator: Bhagyashri Navalkele, MD, DTMH, FIDSA, FACP, University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Variants 
 
Vaccines
 
MMWRs 
 
Infection Prevention and Control
 
Clinical Care 
 
Testing and Cases
 
PPE
 
Incident Management 
 
Communication Resources 
 
Research 
Information for Patients, Visitors, and the General Public
  
Event Announcements
Emergency ACIP Meeting (CDC ACIP) 
Sun. Feb. 28 11am-4pm ET; Mon. Mar. 1 11am-3pm ET 
No registration is required. 

What Clinicians Need to Know About the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC COCA) 
Tues. Mar. 2, 2pm-3pm ET 
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Clinicians will learn about the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine characteristics and administration, vaccinating special populations, and contraindications. They will also get answers to a number of clinical questions CDC has received about this new vaccine. 
Sarah Mbaeyi, MD, MPH, Sara Oliver, MD, Kathleen Dooling, MD, MPH
Trade Press, Journal Articles and White Papers
Bacterial superinfections among persons with coronavirus disease 2019:A comprehensive review of data from postmortem studies 
Cornelius J Clancy, Ilan S Schwartz, Brittany Kula, M Hong Nguyen, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2021;, ofab065.
News Highlights
 
Why We Must Rebuild Trust in Science (Pew Charitable Trusts)  
Featured Social Media
@ICHEJournal: New study in ICHE finds rural-urban divide in outpatient antibiotic prescribing for UTIs.  
 
@IDSAInfo: Among hospitalized adults w/ progressive severe or critical COVID-19 who have elevated markers of systemic inflammation, the IDSA guideline panel suggests #tocilizumab in addition to standard of care (i.e. steroids) rather than standard of care alone. https://bit.ly/37FebEh  
 
@SHEA_Epi: Update on #COVID19 in Barbados from SHEA Board Member, Dr. Corey Forde. #IDTwitter #InfectionPrevention
 
@Dr_Mike_Stevens: The impact of #COVID19 on healthcare-associated infections is unknown. This important study in @ICHEJournal provides some of the best data on this to date: In 78 hospitals: COVID-19 associated w/ increase in CLABSI w/ no change in CAUTI
Federal Policy Updates
Ready or Not: U.S. Public Health Infrastructure (House Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS)  
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) convened a hearing to (1) examine how emergency supplemental appropriations have been used to bolster the federal, state, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) discuss ongoing and long-term challenges that warrant additional appropriations to build a more robust public health infrastructure. The witness panel featured state officials from Connecticut, Idaho, Virginia, and Washington State that spoke on behalf of national organizations, including Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Association of Public Health Laboratories, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.  
 
Notably, Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) praised the panel for their unified appropriations requests – specifically public health data system modernization and public health workforce. Ranking Member Cole said he believes both sides will be able to reach an agreement on supporting “significant and continuous investment” in public health infrastructure, noting his optimism on finding “common ground on where key investments need to be made.” Chairwoman DeLauro also agreed that “predictable and sustained funding” for public health infrastructure is needed. They pledged to work with each other on the forthcoming fiscal year 2022 LHHS appropriations bill.  
 
CDC Member Roundtable on COVID-19 (House Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS)  
SHEA Education and Events
New this week:
  1. Podcast: Isolation Precautions & Vaccination Considerations for Immunocompromised Patients
  2. Town Hall Round 42 (Long-Term Care focus) 
    Sunday, February 28, 2021 | 3:00 pm ET 
    REGISTER HERE or watch live on Facebook
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