CDC COVID-19 Forecasts: New and Total Deaths

Angie Szumlinski Health

This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next 4 weeks, with 1,200 to 5,300 new deaths likely reported in the week ending August 14, 2021. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 615,000 to 625,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.

Excess COVID-19 Mortality Assisted Living

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in JAMA Network Open, they examined the excess mortality among assisted living residents in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. After adjusting for facility fixed effects, assisted living residents experienced 17% higher overall mortality in 2020 compared with the prior year. These results suggest that assisted living residents experienced increased mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

On July 19, 2021 Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services renewed that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, as a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Read the full renewal here: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/news/healthactions/phe/Pages/COVID-19July2021.aspx

Severe COVID-19 Illness in Children

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Our understanding of COVID-19 illness in children is limited. To date, most children with SARS-CoV-2 infection have been asymptomatic or had mild COVID-19 symptoms, but some children have had severe illness. Prior literature identified risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness in children, including being younger than 1 year or having an underlying medical condition, such as congenital heart disease, asthma, …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Neurodegenerative disorders that cause dementia increase the risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and dying from the disease. For people with Alzheimer’s the risk is three times greater. It can be six times greater if they are over 80 years old according to a study conducted in Brazil by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and Butantan Institute in …

Reducing COVID-19 Deaths in Elderly

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A preclinical study suggests a new approach to reduce COVID-19 death among the elderly. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School demonstrated that senolytic drugs significantly reduced mortality upon infection from a beta-coronavirus closely related to SARS-CoV-2 in older mice. The researchers found that older mice exposed for the first time to a mouse beta-coronavirus experienced nearly 100% mortality, …

Monoclonal Antibodies

Bamlanivimab Alone or in Combination?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A phase 3 clinical trial was conducted in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities that demonstrated that bamlanivimab was effective in reducing the incidence of mild or worse COVID-19 in residents and participants at high risk of severe COVID-19. Bamlanivimab was also associated with lower rates of infection in residents and high-risk individuals. Participants in the prevention population who received …

Provider Relief Fund General and Targeted Distribution

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139), and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act (P.L. 116-123) appropriated funds to reimburse eligible health care providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus. These funds were or will be distributed by …

Reliability of Infrared Thermometers

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Among the many challenges we have faced this year in dealing with the pandemic, screening for the detection of febrile persons entering facilities remains problematic, particularly when paired with CDC and WHO social distancing guidelines. Aggressive source-control measures during the outbreak of COVID-19 have led to the re-purposed use of non-contact infrared thermometry (NCIT) for temperature screening. Fever is defined …