Will Pandemic End in July?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Reported in a Medical Press article, a team of infectious disease modelers at Northeastern University has been answering the question “when will the pandemic be over” since January. The group has been developing a set of predictive models to project the future of the outbreak in various scenarios for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of …

CDC – Forecasts – Cases

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The CDC has posted a forecast model for new cases of COVID-19 and deaths related to the virus. The data and how it is determined are outlined on the website. It is interesting information especially now that we are all relaxing and letting our guard down. Not to raise concern as much as to keep us informed as we move …

CDC Summer Camps

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

Youth and summer camps can play an important role in the lives of children, including supporting their social, emotional, and physical development. Camps provide opportunities for children to try new activities, develop relationships and social skills, and be physically active. In addition to allowing for free play and unstructured learning, many camps also incorporate educational content, which can help prevent …

Death Certificates – ICD-10 Diagnosis Code for COVID-19

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Among death certificates from calendar year 2020 listing COVID-19 and at least one other co-occurring diagnosis, the documentation is consistent with these deaths being attributable to COVID-19. Specifically, in 97% of 357,133 death certificates with COVID-19 and at least on other diagnosis, the documented chain-of-event and significant contributing conditions were consistent with those reported in clinical and epidemiologic studies to …

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

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The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) draws from lessons learned during past public health emergencies and research in the fields of public health, psychology, and emergency risk communication. CDC’s CERC program provides trainings, tools, and resources to help health communicators, emergency responders, and leaders of …

CDC: Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of April 27, 2021 Updated SARS-CoV-2 testing recommendations Updated visitation guidance to include recommendations for acute care facilities and to describe circumstances when source control and physical distancing are not required during visitation Added guidance for communal activities and dining in healthcare settings Key Points CDC has updated select healthcare infection prevention and control …

CDC Update – Testing

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

A robust and responsive testing infrastructure is essential to our success in stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This overview describes current information on the categories of tests used to detect SARS-CoV-2 infection and the intended strategies for use of those tests, including to diagnose infection, to screen in an effort to reduce asymptomatic or presymptomatic …

CDC Training for HealthCare Professionals

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their website to include educational sessions through TRAIN, self-paced, online courses, webinars, and other varied formats. The home page lists educational opportunities for a multitude of subject matter including: TRAIN – cross-cutting topics Vaccinations Clinical Care and Infection Control Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) Emergency Preparedness and Response Contact …

CDC COVID Data Tracker

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

Effective Friday, February 12, 2021, COVIDView has been replaced with this new COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review. This new webpage and newsletter include visuals from the week and narrative interpretations using data from CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. Additional priority data will be added in future weeks, including race and ethnicity. Stop Variants by Stopping the Spread Viruses change (or mutate) …

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

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This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 …