COVID-19 Update | September 18, 2020
Important Highlights
CDC Testing Guidance Revised as of September 18, 2020
In a teleconference with society stakeholder representatives held September 18, CDC representatives informed attendees that the guidance document, Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), has been updated to clarify that asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection, should be tested. This update reverses a recommendation included in a previous version of this document
SHEA Coronavirus News
SHEA Executive Committee Comments on Recent Wall Street Journal Article 
In reaction to a Sept. 2 Wall Street Journal (subscription required) report on White House and HHS plans to publish the names of hospitals that fail to submit daily COVID-19 data to the Teletracking System, members of the SHEA executive committee submitted a letter to the editor
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Nursing Homes
Infection Prevention and Control
Occupational Health
Clinical Care and Treatment
Pediatric and Maternal
Testing and Cases
Incident Management
Event Announcements
COVID-19: Optimizing Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies (ASPR/TRACIE)  
Sept. 24, 2020, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET 
*This webinar is currently full. Contact for more information* 
Trade Press, Journal Articles, and White Papers
Prevalence of Surface Contamination With SARS-CoV-2 in a Radiation Oncology Clinic.  Jan I, Chen K, Sayan M, et al. JAMA Oncol. Published online August 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.3552  
What Happens When COVID-19 Collides with Flu Season? JAMA. Rubin R. Published online August 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15260 
Attending to the emotional well-being of the health care workforce in a New York City health system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ripp JA, Peccoralo L, Charney D.  Acad Med. 2020;95(8)(8):1136-1139. doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000003414.
News Highlights
C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections (New York Times, Sept. 17) 
Trump contradicts health advisers on coronavirus vaccine timetable as death toll mounts (Washington Post, Sept. 17)  
Feds unveil COVID vaccine distribution plans amid HHS shakeup (CIDRAP, Sept. 16)  
Top health official echoes Trump’s Covid-19 views, drawing accusations of politicizing U.S. mental health agency (STAT News, Sept. 15) 
HHS chief overrode FDA officials to ease testing rules (Politico, Sept. 15) 
Pallone & Degette demand briefing from Azar following Alarming new reports of political interference (House Energy & Commerce Committee, Sept. 14) 
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 (Politico, Sept. 11) 
Emails show HHS official trying to muzzle Fauci (Politico, Sept. 9) 
Vaccine CEOs issue safety pledge amid Trump’s quest for pre-election approval (Washington Post, Sept. 8)
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.

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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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  • 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 1-22
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall 23 | September 20 at 3:00pm ET
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