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 …