New and Updated COVID-19 Resources

  • CDC Infection Control Recommendations: The CDC has updated its recommended practices to prevent and control infection in health care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The updates include different options for screening health care personnel, patients and visitors entering a health care facility; factors that can affect thermometer readings; resources for evaluating and managing ventilation systems; and a FAQ on personal protective equipment.
  • NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines: What's new
  • COVID-19 in Pregnant Women: Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely than their non-pregnant counterparts to be admitted to an intensive care unit, receive invasive ventilation, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or die, according to a study of 461,825 women with symptomatic COVID-19 released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis supports previous findings that pregnancy is associated with increased risk for ICU admission and invasive ventilation for COVID-19. “In the current report, an increased risk for receiving ECMO and death was also observed, which are two additional important markers of COVID-19 severity that support previous findings,” the authors said.
  • AHA's Summary of COVID-19 Hospital Reporting Requirements: Current state and federal requirements
  • Grants available to help families of COVID-19 health care heroes: Eligible family members of front-line health care workers and volunteers who lose their lives to COVID-19 can apply to the Brave of Heart Fund for grants to support common needs such as funeral costs, medical care, counseling, food, education, mortgage payments and living expenses. New York Life and Cigna created the fund in April through their foundations and hope to raise more than $100 million to support these workers’ families.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has posted new FAQs on the information blocking provisions in its final rule updating information sharing requirements for health information technology. As we reported in last week's Notebook, ONC extended the deadline to comply with the rule’s information blocking requirements to April 5, 2021.