COVID-19 Update | August 25, 2020
Important Highlights
CDC wants to hear more about repeat positive COVID-19 tests
Providers continue to report seeing a number of patients with recurring positive COVID-19 test results beyond 90 days from initial infection. Confusions persists in trying to understand whether these are new COVID-19 cases. CDC is interest in hearing more from the field about these repeat positives which present challenges with institutional protocols that require re-testing of patients (e.g., nursing homes that require re-testing for residents returning from procedures such as dialysis; acute care settings requiring re-testing). You can send your feedback to Please indicate in your response if you do not want your identity to be disclosed beyond SHEA staff.
CDC Interim Guidance for Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2
This interim guidance is intended for clinicians who order antigen tests, receive antigen test results, and/or perform point-of-care testing, as well as for laboratory professionals who perform antigen testing in a laboratory setting or at the point of care and report those results. The purpose of this interim technical guidance is to support the most effective use of antigen tests for different testing situations. This guidance applies to all uses of antigen tests and is not specific to the application of antigen tests to any particular age group or setting. This guidance supplements and is consistent with CDC’s Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 guidance.
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Infection Prevention and Control
Occupational Health
Clinical Care and Treatment
Special Settings and Populations
Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Payment and Reimbursement Policy
Event Announcements
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) August Meeting (CDC)
Aug. 26, 10 am – 4 pm ET
No Registration is required for the August ACIP Meeting. Registration is NOT required to watch the live meeting webcast.
  • Aug. 25, 2020: Optimizing Clinical Care in the Time of COVID in Skilled Nursing Home Facilities
    Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN
    Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA
  • Aug. 26, 2020: The Latest News on Testing, Cohorting, and Critical Infection Prevention Strategies
    Nimale Stone, MD
    Additional speaker, TBA
  • Sept. 2, 2020: Telehealth in the Time of COVID
    Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF
Trade Press, Journal Articles, and White Papers
Communication with patients and families regarding health care-associated exposure to coronavirus 2019: a checklist to facilitate disclosure. Sivashanker K, Mendu ML, Wickner PG, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;46(8)(8):483-488. doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.04.010.
News Highlights
SHEA Education and Events
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.
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.   
Tune in to the latest episode: John’s Hopkins COVID-19 Map
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  • 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 1-20
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall 21 | August 30 at 3:00pm ET
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