Join the CDC on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST for the final webinar in the AMR in the Light of COVID-19 four-part series. Speakers from CDC, GSK, and others dive into roles and responsibilities around difficult-to-treat infections and discuss what changes are needed to reshape strategies for combatting antimicrobial resistance globally.
An MMWR report on multiple COVID-19 outbreaks linked to a wedding reception in a rural Maine town that led to COVID-19 outbreaks in the local community, as well as at a long-term care facility, and a correctional facility in other counties.
The McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes, given by the CDC Foundation, in partnership with the Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Family Fund for Patient Safety and Creighton University, honors and recognizes people who are doing important work to promote safe injection practices or patient safety.
CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way.
Prevention CHKC is designed to train frontline healthcare personnel, defined as those “responsible for direct patient care” in best practices to prevent and control HAIs and pathogens that can spread in the healthcare setting. The course is free through December 31 with the use of the discount code - COVID19.
This cross-sectional survey of infection preventionists in 60 US community hospitals was conducted between April 22 and May 8, 2020, and found several differences in hospital preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 with respect to personal protective equipment conservation strategies, protocols related to testing, universal masking and restarting elective procedures.
FAQs from the CDC on testing in nursing homes.
Asymptomatic transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) may be a major contributing factor in skilled nursing facility (SNF) outbreaks. However, limited knowledge exists regarding the prevalence of asymptomatic and presymptomatic infection in this setting. Although an estimated 40% to 45% of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the general population are asymptomatic at time of testing, a small number of US and international reports have documented higher asymptomatic rates in SNFs. Researchers examined asymptomatic and presymptomatic infection rates in a large multistate sample of US SNFs, and examined variation in case counts by SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in the counties where SNFs are located.
In this cohort analysis of the first 101 neonates born to mothers with perinatal SARS-CoV-2 infections at a single institution, 2 (2.0%) had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2, but none had clinical evidence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), despite most infants rooming-in with mothers and direct breastfeeding. Fifty-five infants were followed up in the first 2 weeks of life in a new COVID-19 Newborn Follow-up Clinic, all of whom remained healthy.