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Health Care Workers This article by Feinstein et al. addresses the potential for a mental health crisis among frontline health care workers as a result of the pandemic and surrounding circumstances, such as lack of PPE, shortages of critical care Read More
Testing Supplies and Capacity This N.Y. Times article details continuing challenges regarding availability and processing of coronavirus testing kits in Arizona, which has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases. Drive-up testing sites have 3-mile lines, labs have twice as many Read More
Two significant court cases were released last week. Supreme Court says religious services may be restricted without violating First Amendment: I discuss the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision not to disturb California’s Executive Order restricting the size of live religious gatherings Read More
This report describes how universal, serial reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing of residents in a long-term care skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, California, helped to interrupt transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 in the facility. On March 28, 2020, two Read More
Ethical framework for managing the health services response to Covid-19 proposed by UK experts  The authors of “Ethical anchors and explicit objectives: ensuring optimal health outcomes in the Covid 19 pandemic” attempt to fill a gap caused by what they Read More
A new study revealed that African American COVID-19 patients in Northern California are 2.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than Non-Hispanic White patients and tend to arrive at healthcare facilities sicker and with more severe symptoms. The authors examined Read More
This research letter reports results from the first phase of a COVID-19 antibody study in Los Angeles County. The authors tested for SARS-CoV-2–specific antibodies using a lateral flow immunoassay test among a random sample of Los Angeles County, CA residents Read More
To reduce introductions of COVID-19 into the United States, officials screened travelers from selected countries upon entry to the US and shared their contact information to states for monitoring. This report summarizes the experience of California Department of Public Health Read More
This study of olfactory impairment suggests the resulting COVID-19 disease is more likely to be mild to moderate, a potential early indicator that could help health care providers determine which patients may require hospitalization. The authors conducted a retrospective review Read More
This article reports on the California Department of Public Health’s newly released guidelines for allocating scarce resources if necessary due to case surge related to COVID-19. The guidance includes discussion of: Continuum of care (conventional, contingency, crisis); Roles and responsibilities; Read More

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