RVNAhealth COVID-19 News: Hospital Admissions Down, Child Care Program for Frontline Workers, Hand Sanitizer Availability, and More

Important COVID-19 Information from RVNAhealth 

Daily Decreases in New Connecticut COVID-19 Hospital Admissions Since April 22 (State of CT) – In a press briefing broadcast on the state’s CT-N nation, Gov. Ned Lamont shared the seven-day “downslope” in COVID-19 hospital admissions. In his Twitter message accompanying the video the Governor noted, “The change in hospital admissions is a key indicator by which we can make determinations on reopening elements of our state. We’re about seven days into a downslope. Working with our state’s health experts, we’ll continue monitoring this data as we develop our reopening plans.”

Child Care Program for Frontline Workers Accepting Applications (State of CT) -The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood has launched the CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program to help frontline workers struggling with the costs of childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. For individuals who must work outside of their own home for at least eight hours a week caring for people or providing in-person direct services and essential goods, the program offers payments to childcare providers. Applications are accepted through May 22, 2020. To apply, call 1-800-505-1000. Details here.

FDA Continues to Work to Safely Increase Availability of Hand Sanitizer (FDA) – More than 1,500 manufacturers have registered with the FDA to produce hand sanitizer. The FDA Commissioner notes, “It is important that hand sanitizer be manufactured in a way that makes them unpalatable to people, especially young children, and that they are appropriately labeled to discourage accidental or intentional ingestion.” The National Poison Data System reported a 79% increase in accidental hand sanitizer ingestion in March, compared to March 2019, with most incidents occurring in children five years and younger. The agency also urges consumers to be vigilant of products sold with misleading, unproven claims.

National Infant Immunization Week, April 25-May 2, 2020 (CDC) The CDC this year celebrates healthcare professionals across the country who work to keep children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. Visit the above link to learn more about CDC’s guidance on maintaining childhood vaccination during these unusual times.

CDC Updates List of Possible COVID-19 Symptoms (CDC) – Symptoms now include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.  These conditions join the existing known symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Thank you to RVNAhealth for keeping our community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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