RVNAhealth COVID-19 News: CDC Increases Isolation Period, Multi-State Strategy for PPE

RVNAhealth COVID-19 shares recent updates from the CDC, WHO, FDA, State of CT, and other news sources

Monday, May 4, 2020

CDC Updates ‘Discontinuation of Isolation’ for Patients Recovering at Home (CDC) – The CDC has increased the number of days required for isolation for COVID-19 patients recovering at home. For symptomatic people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, isolation requirements have increased from 7 to 10 days from day of first symptoms. 

For asymptomatic persons who tested positive, the 10-day isolation is required from day of first positive test result. “This update was made based on evidence suggesting a longer duration of viral shedding and will be revised as additional evidence becomes available.”

Joint Multi-State Strategy to Procure PPE and Other Medical Equipment Announced (State of CT) –  A coalition of northeastern states (CT, MA, DE, NY, NJ, RI, PA) announced plans to work together to develop a regional supply chain strategy to procure personal protective equipment (PPE), other medical equipment and testing.

“While the states will continue to partner with the federal government during this global and national public health crisis, they will also work together to identify the entire region’s needs for these products, aggregate demand among the states, reduce costs and stabilize the supply chain.”

Teams will work to identify and scale suppliers across the country to meet the collective regional needs over the next three months.

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