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Worker Safety A lawsuit in an Oregon Federal Court highlights concerns about failing to adequately engage non-English speaking workers in workplace pandemic safety efforts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, food processing plants have been a frequent outbreak hot spots, and such Read More
In-home testing kits for COVID-19 In this article, the authors discuss testing kits that have been FDA approved for diagnosing COVID-19 in the home. In April 2020, LabCorp developed the first FDA-approved, in-home collection kit, followed Everlywell who developed a Read More
Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Recommendations Friday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued the final version of its Framework for Equitable Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccine. Recognizing that once a vaccine is approved (in some form or another), demand Read More
Clinical Characteristics Within a cohort study of 1641 adult patients with SARS-CoV-2, an elevated red blood cell distribution width (RDW) at admission and increasing RDW during hospitalization were associated with statistically higher increased in mortality risk.   Within this meta-analysis Read More
Nursing Home Quality & Safety Earlier this month, the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes issued their final report for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The task of the Commission was “to solicit lessons Read More
Nationwide Eviction Freeze The CDC issued an Emergency Action this week implementing a nationwide temporary freeze on evictions. The freeze runs from September 4 through December 31, 2020. Here is a link to the CDC’s Declaration Form which must be filled Read More
Clinical Characteristics In this case series of 91 children who tested positive for COVID-19 in Korea, 22% were asymptomatic. These children were tested for COVID-19 when they had a history of close contact with confirmed cases. Only 8.5% of symptomatic Read More
Updates to seasonal influenza vaccine practices during the COVID-19 pandemic The ACIP and CDC released this recommendation on August 21, 2020 that updates the 2019-2020 recommendations of the ACIP regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines in the U.S. As Read More
All Nursing Homes Must Test Facility Residents, Staff, others for Covid-19 A new rule was issued Tuesday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring long term care facilities to test their facility residents, staff, volunteers and individuals Read More
Transmission A small study of 18 breastfeeding women with COVID-19 found that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found in only one sample, and a viral culture from that sample was negative. This suggests that breast milk is an unlikely source of infection Read More

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