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COVID-19 Intelligence Report: Government/Policy Updates

June 29, 2020

  • New Bill introduced this week - the Equal Access to Care Act- would allow licensed providers to use telehealth in any state to treat patients in any location for up to 180 days after the end of the national emergency.
  • CDC updates, expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness:
    • Removes age threshold (over 65) from the older adult classification, now stating that risk increases steadily as you age
    • Conditions the increase risk for severe COVID-19 disease: Chronic kidney disease; COPD; Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher); Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; Sickle cell disease; Type 2 diabetes

June 22, 2020

 

 

May 25, 2020

Title: CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.

Publisher: CDC

Publication Date: May 21, 2020

URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf

Key Takeaway:  This document is the CDC guidance for reopening that was released on May 21 and briefly summarizes public health activities that must be in place and recommendations for different sectors for reopening.    

 

Title: Summary of Recommendations to the ReOpen DC Advisory Group

Publisher: ReOpen DC Advisory Group/DC DOH

Publication Date: May 21, 2020

URL: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc

Key Takeaway:  Summary of recommendations for reopening for different sectors (businesses, healthcare, transportation, childcare/education, religious and government services, etc.) at each stage of reopening specific for DC (and which GW must follow).

May 18, 2020

Title: Partial Resumption of Economic, Health Care and Other Activities While Mitigating COVID-19 Risk and Expanding System Capacity A Clinical and Public Policy Guidance from the American College of Physicians

Publisher: ACP

Publication Date: May 6, 2020

URL: https://www.acponline.org/acp_policy/policies/acp_guidance_on_resuming_economic_and_social_activities_2020.pdf

Key Takeaway:  Public policy guidance for federal, state, and local authorities for staged resumption of activities prior to the pandemic.

May 4, 2020

Title: COVID-19 Testing: Key Issues, Congressional Research Service In Focus Report 

Publisher: Congressional Research Service

Publication Date: April 23, 2020

URLhttps://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IF11516.pdf    

Key Takeaway: Testing basics: 150,000 tests currently being run per day. Currently we DO NOT have the infrastructure to scale up.

Federal Agency - Press Releases and News Updates

DC Metro Area - Press Releases and News Updates

State-Level Responses

Nursing Licensing Board State Response to COVID-19

 

TAANA’s POSITION ON COVID-19 advocating for NURSES

  • https://www.taana.org/resources/positions/covid19-2020.pdf
  • American Association of Nurse Attorney’s POSITION ON COVID-19 (Released, April 2, 2020) advocating for NURSES and other Healthcare Professionals licensed throughout the United States of America with focus on PPE and self protection of HCW

 

Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security  

 

A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the US. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security  

 

Policy and Public Health Recommendations for Easing COVID-19 Distancing Restriction. Infectious Disease Society of America  

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