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OSHA Fines As detailed in this Bloomberg Law article, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued fines for 85 businesses nationally for safety violations related to COVID-19. Among the latest targets are 23 health care facilities (hospitals, Read More
Testing & School Reopening Authors of a New England Journal of Medicine perspective this week propose that making routine Covid-19 testing available in schools should be a top national response priority, and they critique the lack of inclusion of testing Read More
Resources are important to both (1) effectively shifting instruction to new modes of delivery and (2) redressing learning losses caused by COVID-19 schooling disruptions. First, the “digital divide” due to differential access to technology by family socioeconomic status contributes to Read More
Facilities This article by Bowblis and Applebaum analyses the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes in Ohio, finding that prevalence was not associated with facility quality ratings. Due to factors including resident frailty and staff inability to social distance at Read More
Thromboprophylaxis treatment in critically ill COVID-19 patients In this article, a patient-tailored thromboprophylaxis protocol is discussed to reduce rates of venous and arterial thrombotic events related to COVID-19 in critically ill patients. Approximately 20-60% of critically ill COVID-19 patients have Read More
Student Engagement During COVID-19  The pandemic presents many challenges for schools in monitoring and measuring student engagement. With new modes of instruction, often mixed within a school and even an individual classroom, capturing student attendance and engagement with instruction, assignments, Read More
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
Facilities This virtual presentation hosted by the Jefferson College of Public Health and the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems addresses data, experiences, challenges, and recommendations related to crisis management in long-term care facilities during the pandemic. There is Read More
Supplies This Health Affairs Blog by DeVore breaks down the supply chain flaws that have contributed to shortages of needed PPE and other medical supplies during the pandemic. The post identifies multiple waves of challenges that require response during the 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

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