COVID-19 Update | August 29, 2020
Important Highlights
CDC updated the Personal Protective Equipment FAQ for healthcare workers
The CDC’s most recent updates to the Personal Protective Equipment FAQ for healthcare workers includes information pertaining to elastomeric respirators. Respirators with exhalation valves protect the wearer from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but may not prevent the virus spreading from the wearer to others (that is, they may not be effective for source control). Until data are available to describe how effective respirators with exhalation valves are in preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from the wearer to others:
  • Wear a respirator without an exhalation valve when both source control and respiratory protection are required.
  • If only a respirator with an exhalation valve is available and source control is needed, cover the exhalation valve with a surgical mask, procedure mask, or a cloth face covering that does not interfere with the respirator fit. 
Therefore, elastomeric respirators with exhalation valves may be used in non-sterile procedural areas such as an endoscopy unit, bronchoscopy suite, and interventional radiology without covering the exhalation valve. However, if source control is needed, CDC recommends covering the exhalation valve with a facemask (surgical or procedure mask) that does not interfere with the respirator fit.
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.
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Special Settings and Populations
Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Event Announcements
Nursing Home Best Practices During COVID-19 webinar series (AHRQ)
Sept. 2, 2020: Telehealth in the Time of COVID
Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF
Trade Press, Journal Articles, and White Papers
Understanding COVID-19 transmission, health impacts and mitigation: timely social distancing is the key. Kaur, S., Bherwani, H., Gulia, S. et al Environ Dev Sustain (2020).
Characterizing superspreading events and age-specific infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Georgia, USA. Max S. Y. Lau, Bryan Grenfell, Michael Thomas, Michael Bryan, Kristin Nelson, Ben Lopman. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Aug 2020, 202011802; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2011802117
A Pediatric Infectious Disease Perspective of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in Children. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Andi L Shane, Alice I Sato, Carol Kao, Felice C Adler-Shohet, Surabhi B Vora, Jeffery, J Auletta, Sharon Nachman, Vanessa N Raabe, Kengo Inagaki, Ibukunoluwa C Akinboyo, Charles Woods, Abdulsalam O Alsulami, Mundeep K Kainth, Roberto Parulan Santos, Claudia M Espinosa, Julianne E Burns, Coleen K Cunningham, Samuel R Dominguez, Beatriz Larru Martinez, Frank Zhu, Jonathan Crews, Taito Kitano, Lisa Saiman, Karen Kotloff.
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.   
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SHEA Rapid Response Webinars 
  • Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall 1-20
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