COVID-19 Update 6/9/2020

COVID-19 Update | June 9, 2020
If you haven’t yet attended one of our weekly SHEA Town Halls, we encourage you to make time this Sunday to watch live or to check out a recording. They are full of practical information geared towards infection prevention teams and how they are responding to COVID-19 challenges. During the May 29, 2020 SHEA Town Hall, Dr. David Weber shared his presentation on COVID-19 regarding the Duration of Infectivity and Management of Repeated Positive RT-PCR Tests. The slides can be found on LearnningCE as part of SHEA’s Rapid Response Program on COVID-19 section.  Dr. Weber plans to make another presentation during the Town Hall scheduled for June 14 at 3 pm ET.
SHEA Coronavirus News
COVID-19 by the Week Survey
After 12 weeks, we have decided to close the survey. SHEA has contracted with a data analysis company to do a full summary of the survey findings.
THANK YOU to all the respondents who took the time to indicate the status of supplies and workforce resiliency in your hospitals. We look forward to sharing the results with you.
Results, week of May 31:
Lowest availability at facilities (1=crisis-level; 5=sustainable): personal resiliency (3.22), gowns (3.67), respirators (3.75)
Highest availability at facilities (5=sustainable; 1=crisis-level): beds (4.25), gloves (4.22), isolation rooms and ventilators (each 4.14)
Most common "top 3 concerns": non-COVID care and new/diverging guidance (each 66.7%), personal demands/resilency (33.3%), respirator supply, PPE supply, test or test component supply, frontline workforce resiliency (each 22.2%)
Most common facility types: academic medical center, acute care hospital (each 33.3%), ambulatory care, community-based, long-term care, rural, and VA (each 11.1% or 1 each)
9 responses from CA, IN, MA (2), MT, NJ, OH, WA, BC Canada (1)
Federal Agency News, Guidance, and Guidelines
Clinical Care and Treatment

Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Communication Resources
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)
  • Partnering with Pharmacy with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
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 1-10
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall, Round 11 | June 14, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET
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.
Henderson DK, Hayden M, Wright SB, et al. Shifting Sands – Molecular Coronavirus Testing During a Time of Inconsistent Resources. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2020:1-5. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.275
Cheng VC-C, Wong S-C, Chan VW-M, et al. Air and environmental sampling for SARS-CoV-2 around hospitalized patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2020:1-32. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.282
News Highlights
Federal Policy Updates
HHS Provides an Additional $250 Million to Help U.S. Health Care Systems Respond to COVID-19 (HHS/ASPR, Jun 2)  
The funds will support hospitals and other health care entities to train workforces, expand telemedicine and the use of virtual healthcare, procure supplies and equipment, and coordinate effectively across regional, state and jurisdictional, and local health care facilities to respond to COVID-19. In addition to directly supporting health care capacity for COVID-19 patient surge, this funding will advance the mission of the National Special Pathogen System to enhance national capacity and capability to respond to highly infectious diseases now and in the future. The National Special Pathogen System includes the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC); 10 regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers; 62 HHS Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement recipients and their state or jurisdiction special pathogen treatment centers; and hospital associations. Specific funding for these awardees can be found on
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