The State-of-the-Pandemic" articles have been written by the SHEA Board of Trustees to respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis. These short commentaries are designed to provide perspective for institutions facing challenges at various stages of the pandemic.

  • Service, Science, and Fortitude: Our Thanks and Salute to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci (Accepted by ICHE October 2020) 
    As the SHEA Board of Trustees, we are national leaders in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology, and the work of NIAID directly affects our own work. Our Society would like to publicly thank Dr. Fauci for his calm, consistent reliance on science and for his national leadership during this pandemic. Dr. Fauci is a trusted public health expert who has decades of service.  He is a brilliant scientist and is an unwavering leader during our COVID-19 pandemic response.

  • Shifting sands—Molecular coronavirus testing during a time of inconsistent resources 
    The purpose of this short paper is to emphasize a few principles that SHEA members are following during these extremely challenging times for healthcare epidemiology, for healthcare in general, and for our nation as a whole. Our intent is to inform epidemiologists, clinicians, and other health professionals about our approach to these complex issues.

  • Preparing Nursing Homes for a Second Wave of COVID-19
    Forty percent of COVID-19 related deaths in the United States have been linked to nursing homes (NHs) (1, 2). NHs commonly have limited access to infection prevention and control (IPC) experts, and are set up so that IPC duties are performed by a NH staff member or an infection preventionist (IP) with other responsibilities and little protected time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, NHs have faced challenges including inadequate infrastructure to support isolation units, difficulties in securing timely diagnostic testing, high staff turnover, space limitations, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, and frequently evolving guidance for prevention and treatment of COVID-19. This report outlines suggested models for collaboration, configuration, and controls to facilitate optimal preparedness and response for NHs during this pandemic and beyond.

  • Universal pandemic precautions—An idea ripe for the times 

  • The perplexing problem of persistently PCR-positive personnel

  • Organizational strategies for managing COVID-19 survivors who return for care 
    For hospitals that routinely test all admissions, should patients who have recovered from COVID-19 be included? And how should these patients be managed when it comes to pre-procedure testing?