COVID-19 Update 6/5/2020

COVID-19 Update | June 5, 2020
SHEA Coronavirus News
Special Commentary from the SHEA Board of Trustees
Shifting Sands – Molecular Coronavirus Testing During a Time of Inconsistent Resources

COVID-19 by the Week Survey
We are holding off on summarizing this week's findings as we need more responses. Findings will be summarized on Tuesday.
Please respond each week so that the findings are meaningful. The survey is 4 questions, and is estimated to take 4 minutes. The questions are the same each week.
SHEA has contracted with a data analysis company to do a full summary of the survey findings after the pandemic decelerates. We do not have a definitive date because we plan to capture data at least through early July given additional variables, e.g. reopenings, that may affect supplies and resiliency.
Federal Agency News, Guidance, and Guidelines
Occupational Health
Special Settings and Populations
Testing and Cases
*UPDATE* Contact Tracing (CDC, Jun 4) 
Payment and Reimbursement Policy
SHEA Education and Events
SHEA Podcast: We’re All in this Together: COVID-19 Allies in Infection Prevention 

Episodes Available Now:
  • Dialysis in a Crisis with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
  • Anesthesiology During a Pandemic with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
  • Knowledge Sharing with the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM)
  • Collaborating with National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
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, and a discussion around the latest and most important questions surrounding the pandemic. 
Episodes Available Now: 
  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Environment of Care & PPE
  • Surge Planning & Testing
  • Diagnostic Testing, Part 1
  • PPE: Conservation & Shortages
  • Diagnostic Testing, Part 2
  • Involving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
  • Advocacy around COVID-19
  • PPE: Getting Resourceful with No Resources
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Tracing Contacts
  • Answers to Town Hall Questions
  • Staff Policies
  • Overuse and Misuse of Antibiotics During COVID-19
  • Antibody Testing
  • NHSN Response to COVID-19
  • A "Quick Implementation Guide" 7-worksheet Excel file (xls download) with self-populating worksheets to apply implementation concepts and approaches by SHEA members to individual circumstances.
  • List of guidelines and statements from other organizations for insight into stakeholders’ points-of-view. Not comprehensive; not vetted or endorsed by SHEA.  
SHEA Rapid Response Webinars 
  • Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall 1-9
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall, Round 10 - LIVE; June 7 at 3:00 p.m. EST
    Live Q&A with SHEA leaders on questions Healthcare Epi is facing during this pandemic.
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 here. Check back frequently for updates.
Where Is the ID in COVID-19? Rochelle P. Walensky, Daniel P. McQuillen, Sara Shahbazi, and John D. Goodson. Annals of Internal Medicine
News Highlights
Social Media
Visitor Restrictions  
“Does it make sense to continue to have "COVID carve outs" for specific care situations, but limit visitors in the ICU and on the general medical units with COVID patients?”
~Russell Lampen, DO, Medical Director Infection Prevention, Division Chief Infectious Diseases
Dentistry opening  
“Looking for opinions on what point and with what PPE does dentistry look at opening up?”
~ Rebecca Shadowen MD, Infectious Diseases, Healthcare Epidemiology and Travel Medicine, Medical Director Med Center Health Physician Group
@PIDSociety: "Structural racism is more harmful to the health and wellbeing of children than infectious diseases” -Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
@SHEA_Epi: SHEA joins our voice with others across the nation in denouncing systemic racism. In order to reach our vision of "Safe Healthcare for All" we must take an all hands on deck approach to systemic racism and its effects on our public’s health.
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