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COVID-19 Update | December 4, 2020
Important Highlights
Published in an announcement from CDC’s Washington Office… 
 
CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against COVID-19 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today recommended vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. Today’s vote was 13 to 1.   
 
ACIP, CDC’s independent vaccine advisory committee, traditionally develops vaccine recommendations that go to the CDC director for approval before becoming official CDC policy. The committee has been holding public meetings since June regarding COVID-19 vaccines.   
 
It is estimated there are 21 million people working in the healthcare industry and approximately 3 million people living in long-term care facilities. To date, more than 240,000 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 and 858 have died.  According to estimates, deaths in long-term care facilities account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide. These factors contributed to the committee’s recommendation to prevent spread by protecting those on the front lines, healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients, and protect the most vulnerable, those elderly persons living in long-term care facilities. 
 
The committee intends to meet again following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization for vaccine specific recommendations. 
 
For more information on ACIP, visit the ACIP website. For the latest information on the outbreak, visit CDC’s Novel Coronavirus 2019 website
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
MMWRs 
Disproportionate Incidence of COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalizations, and Deaths Among Persons Identifying as Hispanic or Latino — Denver, Colorado March–October 2020 (CDC MMWR, Dec. 4)  
 
Multidisciplinary Community-Based Investigation of a COVID-19 Outbreak Among Marshallese and Hispanic/Latino Communities — Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas, March–June 2020 (CDC MMWR, Dec. 4)  
 
Increase in Hospital-Acquired Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Infection and Colonization in an Acute Care Hospital During a Surge in COVID-19 Admissions — New Jersey, February–July 2020 (CDC MMWR, Dec. 4)  
 
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020 (CDC MMWR, Dec. 3) 
 
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Ethical Principles for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020 (CDC MMWR, Nov. 27)  
 
Implementation of Hospital Practices Supportive of Breastfeeding in the Context of COVID-19 — United States, July 15–August 20, 2020 (CDC MMWR, Nov. 27) 
 
Decline in SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies After Mild Infection Among Frontline Health Care Personnel in a Multistate Hospital Network — 12 States, April–August 2020 (CDC MMWR, Nov. 27)  
 
Infection Prevention and Control 
 
PPE
 
Vaccines and Clinical Care 
 
Special Settings and Populations 
 
Testing and Cases 
 
Incident Management 
Payment and Reimbursement Policy
 
Research 
Information for Patients, Visitors, and the General Public
Event Announcements
The Impact of Telehealth on Health Equity from the Perspective of Large Healthcare Systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC COCA)
Tues., Dec. 8, 2 PM – 3 PM 
Presenters: Jeffrey Hall, PhD, MSPH, MA, Edward Lee, MD, Matthew Rogers, PA, Leonie Heyworth, MD, MPH
SHEA Education and Events
Converse & Convene: Navigating the Multitude of Guidelines for Key Activities 
Converse and Convene is back! Grab your favorite morning beverage, turn on your camera and come have an open, candid hour-long conversation about how COVID-19 is impacting you, your work, and anything and everything in between. Join us on Friday, December 11 from 11 am-12 pm ET for this virtual networking webinar around “Navigating the many guidelines for key activities such as discontinuation of precautions in different settings and populations,” moderated by Bhagyashri Navalkele and Theresa Madaline, who will lead and facilitate discussion and collaboration.  This webinar will host virtual breakout groups allowing all to be fully engaged with others experiencing similar issues and challenges. Individuals will gain greater insights not only with their breakout groups but with a larger group discussion directly following and led by the moderators. This forum will not be recorded and is meant to be an open conversation. Space is limited and available to SHEA members only, so be sure to register before all spots are filled
 
SHEA Podcast Series: We’re All in this Together: COVID-19 Allies in Infection Prevention  
This series focuses on the collaborative efforts and opportunities for different disciplines to address and confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Each week's episode will include discussion around what different organizations are doing to address COVID-19, what have been the biggest challenges, what changes have been made, and what opportunities there are to work together to handle the pandemic. Access the full podcast series on LearningCE. Tune in to the newest episodes on SoundCloud: 
SHEA Rapid Response Podcast: COVID-19 Update: What We Know Now 
This series highlights changes in the COVID-19 outbreak and updates in medical literature. Each week's episode will include a summary of important news, a brief summary of medical literature and guidelines on infection prevention that have been published related to COVID-19, and discussion around the latest and most important questions surrounding the outbreak. Access the full podcast series on LearningCE. Tune in to the newest episodes on SoundCloud:  
SHEA Rapid Response Webinars  
Access on LearningCE  
  • Implementation of Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) for COVID-19 
  • Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness  
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Halls 1-31 
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall, Round 32: Sunday, December 6 | 3:00 pm ET
    REGISTER HERE   
Tools and resources include a quick implementation guide that includes a 7-worksheet Excel file with self-populating worksheets to apply implementation concepts and approaches by SHEA members to individual circumstances, and more. 
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