COVID-19 Update | April 17, 2020
We appreciate all you are doing in response to COVID-19. SHEA continually updates our resource page on the SHEA Website. Specifically, we want to draw your attention to the updated FAQs page where we address some of the most asked questions we are getting from membership.  We hope these resources are helpful to you.
SHEA Coronavirus News
COVID-19 by the Week Survey
We are tracking SHEA members' experiences week-by-week. Responses are anonymous for a 4-question survey. The first 2 questions are demographic, and the second two are about current status and primary concerns. A summary from last week's survey is below.
Please complete the questions for next week. (Apr. 19 – Apr.25):  
This week's results (Week of April 12):
  • Lowest availability at facilities (1=crisis-level; 5=sustainable): PPE, not including respirators (3.46), testing or test components (3.54), medications (3.55)
  • Highest availability at facilities (5=sustainable; 1=crisis-level): isolation rooms (4.39), ventilators (4.10), lab workforce resiliency (4.03)
  • Most common "top 3 concerns": reliability of test results (28.6%), new and/or diverging guidance or recommendations (42.9%), PPE supply (50%)
  • Most common facility types: acute care hospital (61.9%); academic medical center (40.5%), part of a health system, community-based (each 28.6%)
  • 42 responses from AR, CA (3), FL, GA (3), IL, IN, LA, MA (2), ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ (4), NM, NY (4), OH (2), OR, PA (2), TX (4), WA, WI (2), China (1), Singapore (1)
Federal Agency News, Guidance, and Guidelines
Infection Prevention and Control
Occupational Health
Clinical Care and Treatment
Special Settings and Populations
Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Payment and Reimbursement Policy
Tools and Resources
Prevention CHKC 
The Prevention Course in HAI Knowledge and Control (Prevention CHKC) is an online, interactive course designed to give frontline healthcare personnel what they need to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This course engages and commits personnel to critical elements of infection prevention and control in concise, half-hour long modules. The authors – foremost experts in epidemiology, infection prevention, and antibiotic stewardship – prioritized HAI prevention practices that are most necessary and relevant to frontline personnel. Given the urgent need to provide training in PPE donning and doffing, environmental cleaning, pneumonia prevention, and other topics during the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering the course free through May 31st with the use of the discount code – COVID19.
SHEA Rapid Response Podcast: COVID-19 Update: What We Know Now
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: PPE Conservation & Shortages – available now
  • Episode 6: Diagnostic Testing, Part 2 – available now
  • Episode 7: Involving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs – available now
  • Episode 8: Advocacy around COVID-19 – available now
  • Episode 9: PPE: Getting Resourceful with No Resources – available now
  • Episode 10: Taking Care of Yourself – 4/23
SHEA Rapid Response Webinars
  • Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness
    The webinar addresses 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 is discussed, as well as the need to train healthcare workers to utilize PPE correctly.
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall - March 29
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall - April 5
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall - April 11
    Live Q&A with SHEA Leaders on questions Healthcare Epi is facing during this pandemic.

Research and Medical Institution COVID-19 Resource Web sites
Information for Patients and Visitors
Event Announcements
SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall, Round 4
Sun., Apr. 19, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
Join us for round 4, to share ideas and ask questions in a discussion moderated by SHEA President, David K. Henderson, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA. During the Town Hall, the panelists will answer questions based on what they are doing in their facilities to respond to COVID-19. Attendees can submit questions in advance as well as during the Town Hall. The goal is to enable as much sharing of ideas as possible as we are all in this together.
SHEA/SIDP Twitter Chat: Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Era of COVID-19
Thurs. Apri. 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT 
Follow #COVIDasp on Twitter to join the conversation!
COCA Call: COVID-19 in the United States: Insights from Healthcare Systems
Fri., Apr. 17, 2:00pm-3:00 p.m. EST
During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems in the U.S., including key successes and challenges from the hospital response perspective.
Panelists: Aaron Harris, MD, MPH, Nancy Foster, David Reich, MD, Amy Compton-Phillips, MD
Alexandria Summit/Duke-Margolis Webinar: Developing a Therapeutic Response to COVID-19
Mon., Apr. 20, 12:30-2:30pm EST
This webinar will focus on an overview of critical issues related to the development of COVID-19 therapies as well as potential strategies to deliver them to the health care system.
CDC Private Sector Call: Update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response
Mon., Apr. 20, 4:00pm EST
Dr. Butler will share guidance for the private sector, including what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers. Submit your questions in advance. Please email with "Partner Call 4/20" in the subject line.
Presenter: Dr. Jay C. Butler
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. Check back frequently for updates.
Social Media
@SHEA_Epi: Infectious diseases leaders respond to WHO funding: "We must be allies against this threat; this is not the time to stand alone." #COVID19 @IDSAInfo @HIVMA @SIDPharm @PIDSociety
@BBookstaver_USC: Check out the joint response recs from @ACCP @SIDPharm @IDSAInfo @SHEA_Epi @PediatricRxAssn to @HHSGov allowance for pharmacists to conduct #COVID19 testing. (one more click for full document in article) #IDTwitter #idprn
@ICHEJournal: #InfectionPrevention resources have been diverted to combat the #COVID19 pandemic; the ultimate impact of this on traditional #HAIs is unclear; @Dr_Mike_Stevens & @gonzalobearman & colleagues discuss this in this @ICHEJournal commentary
Federal Policy Updates
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