COVID-19 Updates for Thanksgiving Week 2020

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I hope that everyone had a safe holiday week!   I’m putting these updates into a digest form so you can see what happened last week regarding COVID information.

Updated Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks (CDC) — This guidance has been updated to include the following:

  • Added considerations for returning to conventional capacity practices
  • Conventional Capacity Strategies
    • Clarified healthcare personnel (HCP) use of facemasks for source control and as PPE to protect their nose and mouth from exposure to splashes, sprays, and respiratory secretions
  • Contingency Capacity Strategies
    • Added clarifications on extended use of facemasks as PPE
    • Added clarifications on restriction on facemask use by HCP as PPE rather than by patients for source control
  • Crisis Capacity Strategies
    • Revised section on limited re-use paired with extended use
    • Deleted the strategies of designating convalescent HCP for the provision of care of patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection, use of expedient patient isolation rooms, and mechanical headboards

Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 (CDC) — CDC has issued a brief that reviews and analyzes the rapidly growing body of science supporting use of cloth masks in communities to control the spread of COVID-19.

Long-Term Care Staffing During COVID-19 (IDPH) — a 3-page document was issued to Iowa LTCFs “in response to a growing number of facilities experiencing challenges in staffing normal operations during the pandemic, the state has worked to create a workflow that can be leveraged by facilities to more effectively engage partners that can assist during an event causing a staffing shortage.”

You’ll note this on the bottom of page 2:

Resources and contact information is found on page 3.

Face Masks, Including Surgical Masks, and Respirators for COVID-19 (FDA) provides information on FDA-regulated face masks (including cloth face coverings), surgical masks, and respirators (filtering facepiece respirators, such as N95 respirators) intended for a medical purpose to assist in preventing the spread of infectious materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC) shows an update of November 25, 2020 but I’m not able to see what was specifically updated.  I did spot some updated information on the ACIP Meeting Information link as well as some of the other links on the vaccines page.  Additional info on COVID-19 vaccines is also found here and on this Vaccination FAQ website.

State COVID-19 Vaccination Plans are available for some specific states:

NHSN LTCF Module – new Pathway forms, templates and instructions.

Resident Impact and Facility Capacity:

Staff and Personnel Impact:

Facility Resources: 

Group Resources:


Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare

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