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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Health Care Professionals

The Nebraska Hospital Association is working closely with Nebraska DHHS, the CDC, CMS, AHA and other federal, state and local partners to respond to this challenge and to make sure hospitals and health systems have the most up-to-date information and resources.

The following tools include resources and developments related to COVID-19:

Waivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a broad package of blanket regulatory waivers, as permitted under Section 1135 and other provisions of the Social Security Act, applicable to certain providers. In addition, Nebraska's 1135 Waiver request has been approved. These waivers are effective retroactively to March 1, 2020.

CMS Blanket Waiver (updated 4/10/20)
Summary

Nebraska’s Approved Waiver Request
Waiver | FAQs

For questions, please contact Mike Feagler (mfeagler@nebraskahospitals.org) or Andy Hale (ahale@nebraskahospitals.org)
 

Governor Ricketts Executive Orders

Executive Order 20-10 Healthcare Practitioners
Executive Order 20-12 Healthcare Facilities
Telehealth


Recurring Webinars and Conference Calls

Daily Governor Press Briefings
Days/Times vary | Watch Live on NET | Archives

 

 

Nebraska ICAP Long Term Care Webinars
Thurdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
(previous webinars and questions and answers found on ICAP website https://icap.nebraskamed.com)

NHA Weekly Member Call
Fridays at 2:00 p.m. CT
Call in #: 877-594-8353
Passcode: 31044763#

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DHHS Informational Calls for Infection Prevention Guidance - Acute Healthcare Facilities

Wednesdays (recurring)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
Dial-In Number: (415) 655-0003

Meeting number (access code): 145 798 2033 
Meeting password: CZrsx8m2HM3

Webex Link

Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Conference Calls
You are invited to attend a business and infrastructure partners call concerning the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), hosted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery Logistics Management Directorate.

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (until further notice)
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Dial-In #: 1-800-593-7177
Passcode/PIN: 7963614

The conference line will open 10 minutes prior to the call. Business and Infrastructure partners are also invited to access the FEMA NBEOC dashboard via this link

Please contact the CISA Integrated Operations Coordination Center (CIOCC) watch if you have any questions.


DHHS Recordings and Slides (MWF calls)

March 23 | Slides | Recording

  • Returning out-of-state travelers HAN 3/23/20
  • Discontinuing self-monitoring/self-quarantine
  • Discontinuing isolation
  • HCW return to work/monitoring/restrictions
  • Testing recommendations/priorities
  • Optimizing PPE supply/use versus reuse/conservation
  • UV disinfection of PPE
  • ABHR shortages
  • Reuse of N-95, gowns, masks, eye protection

March 25 | Slides

  • Cloth mask use
  • HCW training PPE

March 27 | Slides

  • High risk domestic travel map
  • Returning traveler with fever/respiratory illness
  • EVS cleaning after COVID-19 patient
  • Exposure risk assessment
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding, preliminary data
  • CDC- patient placement, PPE recommendations, nebulizing
  • Air exchange rates
  • Minimizing spread

March 30 | Slides

  • Returning out-of-state travelers HAN 3/23/20
  • Dr. Wen Hang Zhang, Chinese infectious study
  • New testing capacity
  • How to order different testing options
  • Masking options
  • CDC link- pregnant/breastfeeding, PPE, homemade masks

April 1 | Slides | Recording

  • Infection Prevention and Control contact info
  • Nebraska and Douglas County tracking links
  • UNMC study on contamination of environment near COVID-19 patients
  • Limitations with NP swabs and VTM
  • CDC on UV, H2O2 moist heat
  • Summary decontamination method and FFR performance

April 3 | Slides | Recording

  • Nulirt ordering
  • Accepting hospitalized residents back to the nursing home
  • Gowns for MRSA and VRE
  • N95 seal check video
  • CDC updated on PPE optimization
  • Extended use of eye protection
  • Strategies for reuse of masks
  • UV disinfection of PPE
  • Reporting to LHD

April 6 | Slides | Recording

  • If you quarantine all staff exposed, there will be no one left
  • Cloth masks for the public
  • CMS Updates
  • PPE burn rate calculator
  • Asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission
  • Cleaning oxygen tubing
  • Unique cleaning questions
  • LTC accepting patients
  • Managing COVID-19 in LTC

April 8 | Slides | Recording

  • HCW masking
  • For daily surgical mask use
  • Nebraska Medicine procedure sharing
  • Pathways for use of convalescent plasma

April 10 | Slides | Recording

  • Off-site quarantine and convalescence
  • CSTE Case definition
  • Daily surgical mask use

April 13 | Slides | Recording

  • Link to ICAP Combined Critical Access and Outpatient Webinar
  • Race and obesity risk factors]Environmental Contamination study from China
  • UNMC Study on contamination
  • 3D mask printing FAQ
  • LTC accepting patients from hospital

April 15 | Slides | Recording

  • Inpatient OB guidance
  • Women admit for delivery in NYC
  • ID Society Recommendations
  • Update CDC infection prevention for HCP
  • PPE Request form

April 17 | Slides | Recording

  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Remdesivir trials
  • Prone positioning references
  • tPA treatment case study
  • ECMOT treatment
  • Donating plasma after COVID recovery
  • Co-infection
  • Options for NP swab alternatives
  • Hospital to Post-Acute facility transfer guidance

April 20 | Slides | Recording

  • Race as a risk factor
  • Temporal dynamics in viral shedding
  • Sero prevalence study from Santa Clara, CA
  • Serology test EUAs
  • Rutgers Medical School Lab
  • Update from CDC Infection Prevention for HCP
  • UV disinfecting stations in Nebraska
  • Outside quarantine and convalescence

April 22 Recording | (No slides)

April 24 Slides | Recording

  • Bed and vent availability
  • CDC race data
  • CDC current symptoms update
  • Pet cats test positive
  • Remdesivir trial update
  • Antibody seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, CA

April 27 | Slides | Recording

  • Mean packing plants and their communities
  • Major issues in meat packing
  • Lab findings in COVID-19
  • Home healthcare guidance

April 29 |  Recording | (No Slides)
 

May 1 | Slides |  Recording  

May 4 | Slides |  Recording  

May 6 | Slides |  Recording  

May 8 | Slides |  Recording  

  • Bed and vent availability 5/8
  • Local race data update
  • Meat packing plants/shelters
  • Viral kinetics of SARS-CoV-2
  • Pediatric COVID
  • Remdesivir Availability
  • SARS-CoV-2 found in semen
  • Asthma and COVID-19
  • Moderna vaccine moves to phase 2
  • Improvement with anticoagulation
  • NEJM May 7, 2020 COVID-19 Study
  • EVA for serology tests

May 11 | Slides | Recording

 

 

May 13 | Slides | Recording

May 20 | Slides 

  • CDC Case definitions for MIS-C
  • CDC COCA Call 05/19/20
  • MIS-C vs KS vs TSS
  • Phases of COVID
  • Immunomodulation therapies
  • IBD Patients
  • LTC and meat packing facility update
  • ACTT2 trial

May 27 | Slides | Recording

  • US COVID update
  • Nebraska testing update
  • Bed and vent availability
  • Vaccine trials
  • Anti-malarial’s in therapy of COVID
  • COVID lung pathology
  • Burden of COVID on children
  • Testing neonates

 

June 3 | Slides | Recording

  • Epi update
  • Superspreaders
  • Journal articles on mask wearing

June 10 | Slides | Recording

  • Epi update
  • Superspreaders
  • Intensity of exposure
  • Face masks
  • Research from other countries

June 17 | Slides | Recording

  • Epi update
  • Data by health department
  • Wearing masks
  • BTK inhibitors
  • Serology update

June 24 | Slides | Recording

July 1  NO CALL

July 8 | Slides | Recording

July 15 | 

July 22  NO CALL

July 29 | Slides | Additional Slides

August 5 | 

 

Information and Resources


Archived DHHS Recordings

COVID-19 Updates: Archived Issues