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COVID-19 News Updates - April 7, 2020

COVID-19 News Updates for April 7, 2020:

 

30 Days to Slow the Spread

President Trump announced updated guidelines to continue slowing the spread of Coronavirus in America. This 30-day window will be crucial: If every American does his or her part, the latest model suggests we could save 1 million or more U.S. lives. Please click here for more information: 30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español)

If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.

White House COVID-19 Updates

·         President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing (VIDEO)

·         President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Minnesota (HERE)

·         Presidential Message on World Health Day 2020 (HERE)

·         Daily 1600 - What You Can Do On This World Health Day (HERE)

Secretary Azar Statement on World Health Day (HERE)

·         "This year's World Health Day comes as the world wages war against a global health challenge without precedent in our era: the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, including under President Trump, the United States has worked to focus global health priorities and the efforts of the World Health Organization on infectious outbreaks that can cross borders. Now, we face a pandemic that has spread to almost every country on earth, costing lives, disrupting societies, and stalling economies.”

CDC: Guidance on Running Errands (HERE)

·         As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.

CDC: Guidance for Building Water Systems (HERE)

·         Ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown.

CMS Letter to Clinicians and Summary of Actions (HERE)

·         As you are aware, the United States is currently experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the respiratory illness 2019 caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the potential effect this virus may have on our healthcare system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to ensure maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to allow you to focus on your patients.

Updated Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services, and Treatment Recommendations (HERE)

·         This document provides recommendations to limit those medical services that could be deferred, such as non-emergent, elective treatment, and preventive medical services for patients of all ages.

FDA: Questions and Answers for Patients About Clinical Trials During COVID-19 Outbreak (HERE)

·         FDA is working with companies, hospitals, academic centers, and investigators conducting clinical trials to adjust to these challenges. Here, FDA answers questions about how clinical trials may change during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the safety of trial participants.

o        FDA Daily Roundup – April 7, 2020

Industry FAQs: Animal Food Safety and COVID-19 (HERE)

·         The following are frequently asked questions from members of the animal food industry related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

FDA Provides Temporary Flexibility Regarding the Egg Safety Rule During COVID-19 Pandemic While Still Ensuring the Safety of Eggs (HERE)

·         As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA released a guidance document, Temporary Policy Regarding Enforcement of 21 CFR Part 118 (the Egg Safety Rule) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to provide producers of shell eggs that normally would be sent to facilities for further processing the flexibility to sell their eggs for distribution to retail locations, such as supermarkets, when certain conditions are present.

CARES Act Supplemental Award Information for HOPWA Grantees (HERE)

·         HUD posted award amounts for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) supplemental grant funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In the coming days, HOPWA grantees will receive award letters that will include the more information and next steps regarding implementation of the CARES Act funds.

DOT Issues Final Order on Service Obligations for Air Carriers Receiving Financial Relief Through CARES Act (HERE)

·         DOT today issued a final order establishing parameters for implementing the authority granted to the Secretary of Transportation by Sections 4005 and 4114(b) of the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act.

EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region Transfers N-95 Masks to California Office of Emergency Services (HERE)

·         Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest regional office announced that it has transferred more than 1,100 N-95 face masks to the California Office of Emergency Services as it assesses its supply of personal protective equipment in hopes of donating additional PPE to state and local agencies battling COVID-19.

Joint Staff Surgeon Praises Americans Stepping Up to Help COVID-19 Victims (HERE)

·         Any listing of personnel, equipment and facilities involved — as impressive as it might be — doesn't begin to explain what's at the heart of the Defense Department's effort to combat COVID-19, the Joint Staff surgeon said.

Defense Health Official Urges Personnel, Families to Wear Face Masks (HERE)

·         Defense Department personnel and their families — military and civilian — are urged to wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Defense Health Agency official said.

 For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.