Tag: CDC

California HHS rebuffs CDC, extends mask guidance through mid-June

California state health officials announced this week that they will extend a mask mandate through June 15, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that lifted many of the restrictions for fully vaccinated people. “Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, California will keep our existing guidance around masks in place,” California […]

Employers Warned Not to Overreact to CDC’s Latest Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can shed their masks in many settings, including indoors, no doubt came as welcome news to mask-weary workers, but employers are warned not to relax rules too quickly. For one thing, the CDC announcement applies only to fully vaccinated people. […]

Latest COVID-19 vaccine information for agency leaders

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from partners Pfizer and BioNTech were administered to the first health care workers Monday, Dec. 7, following final federal approval over the weekend. The CDC recommendations for the first phase in vaccine distribution included home health caregivers, but it is up to individual states to determine who gets […]

Health officials making final decisions on initial vaccine distribution

As states are fleshing out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, a committee advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is tasked with advising the CDC on coronavirus vaccine distribution, reports CNN, including who should get the vaccine and […]

Influenza surveillance report resource available through the CDC

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains low as we gear up for the 2020 flu season, according to the CDC’s weekly U.S. influenza surveillance report. This report is a free helpful resource for data and statistics related to influenza in the U.S. providing information for prevention, virus characterization and an activity map. To […]

CDC Issues Guidance on Isolation, Precautions for COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance titled “Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19.” The guidance is noteworthy for employers. Previously, the CDC had generally indicated that individuals could potentially return to work following a positive test after spending 14 days in isolation and being fever-free […]

Coronavirus: Studies find steam effective in sterilizing used medical masks

Two new studies show steam can effectively decontaminate medical masks including the N95 respirator mask. Houston-based researchers who produced a small-scale study on reprocessing N95 respirators with steam say reusing sanitized masks is crucial in countries facing PPE shortages. Moist heat is among the most promising COVID-19 decontamination methods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

CMS provides COVID-19 nursing home information for home health and hospice

CMS’ Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) group released a memo directed to nursing homes that is helpful for home health and hospice providers. The memo provides guidance on reporting COVID-19 to residents, representatives and families of residents, as well as reporting the data directly to the CDC. CMS will also begin posting data from the […]

COVID-19: CDC releases changes to transmission-based precautions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a few changes regarding discontinuation of transmission-based precautions and disposition of patients with COVID-19 in health care settings. As of April 30, CDC made the following updates: Updated the name of the “non-test-based strategy” to the “symptom-based strategy” for those with symptoms and the “time-based strategy” […]

Reporting coronavirus cases on the NHSN COVID-19 Module

CMS announced in an April 29 call that all SNFs should be reporting COVID-19 cases on the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 Module. The Module enables SNFs to report information that will then be turned over to local health departments. Information collected includes: Counts of residents and facility personnel with suspected and laboratory positive […]