COVID-19 Update | October 16, 2020
Important Highlights
SHEA posted two new, time-sensitive resources this week:  
  • A "voting safely" video intended for all audiences to reassure and provide simple guidance for US voters. It is less than 2 minutes, written by SHEA leaders and Board members, and professionally animated and produced. Feel free to disseminate it widely. 

  • A succinct COVID-19 vaccine planning statement to help you work with your public health office on anticipated COVID-19 vaccine administration to healthcare personnel (HCP). The statement was approved by the SHEA Board and authored by experts engaged with NHSN and ACIP. It addresses:
    • Background on: 
      • FDA approval 
      • Short and long-term safety evaluation 
      • Distribution and storage
      • Tracking and reporting
      • Logistics
    • Recommendations for:
      • Policies for HCP vaccination (FDA EUA vs. full licensure)
      • Training for staff and steps of administration
      • Safety monitoring
      • Prioritization, broken into Phase 1a and Phase 1b, and how to ensure healthcare equity in planning and implementation
      • Managing vaccine hesitancy
      • Maintaining infection prevention precautions despite vaccination status
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Infection Prevention and Control
PPE Preservation Planning Toolkit (ASPR/HHS, Oct. 13) 
Occupational Health
Clinical Care and Vaccines
Vaccines (CDC, Oct. 14)   
Special Settings and Populations
Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness (Rural Health Information Hub) 
Payment and Reimbursement Policy
Information for Patients, Visitors, and the General Public
Event Announcements
CDC COVID-19 Partner Update October 19, 2020: Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities (CDC) 
Oct 19, 3 PM  
Updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others; review CDC COVID-19 guidance for Institutions of Higher Education in the presentation Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities. 
Speakers: Dr. Cliff McDonald, Dr. Greta Massetti, Dr. Lisa C. Barrios, LCDR Samantha Morgan 
Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Access, Safety, and Utilization: Building Vaccination Confidence in Communities of Color (Trust for America’s Health) 
Oct 21, 1 pm 
The webinar will feature expert panelists to educate policymakers and stakeholders on the historical reasons for vaccine hesitancy in communities of color, highlight ongoing vaccination disparities and discuss policy recommendations to build vaccine confidence and access in communities of color. The webinar will include time for Q&A from the audience. 
Speakers: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, FACS, Julie Morita, MD, Michelle Cantu, MPH 
News Highlights
Covid-19 herd immunity, backed by White House, is a 'dangerous fallacy,' scientists warn (NBC News) 
Facebook rolls out a new vaccine misinformation policy — but leaves out pages where falsehoods thrive (STAT News) 
Rising Covid-19 cases and an uptick in hospitalizations may be the start of a predicted surge, officials warn (CNN) 
As CDC’s Deadline for Submitting COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans Nears, States Say They’re Still Short on Guidance (Morning Consult) 
Two Black university leaders urged their campuses to join a Covid-19 vaccine trial. The backlash was swift (STAT) 
Second wave of covid-19 in Europe leads to new restrictions but no national lockdowns (Washington Post) 
7 looming questions about the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine (STAT) 
What to Expect When Covid-19 and the Flu Season Collide (Smithsonian Magazine) 
‘A Devastating Blow’: Virus Kills 81 Members of Native American Tribe (New York Times) 
Why So Many Americans Are Skeptical of a Coronavirus Vaccine (Scientific American) 
SHEA Education and Events
Converse and Convene: COVID-19 Series 
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.
This virtual networking webinar will be moderated by 2 SHEA Member Experts 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. Participants will be able to share challenges and lessons learned from the frontlines. Individuals will gain greater insights not only with their breakout groups but with a larger group discussion directly following and lead by the moderators. This forum will not be recorded and is meant to be an open conversation. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register before all spots are filled! 
Our next session topic: Long Term Care  
Friday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. ET  
SHEA Podcast: 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 latest episodes:
SHEA Rapid Response Podcast: COVID-19 Update: What We Know Now
This series highlights changes in the COVID-19 outbreak and updates in the 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.   
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  • Implementation
  • Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care
    • Forms, notifications, and signage
    • Tools and templates for facilities and NIH collaboratives
  • Consulting during COVID-19 
SHEA Rapid Response Webinars 
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