IHA Daily Briefing: April 6

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
State, Chicago to Receive More than $120M for Vaccinations 
State Steps Up Vaccinations in Rural Areas 
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates 
Register Now: Webinar Series on CMS CoP Compliance

State, Chicago to Receive More than $120M for Vaccinations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Illinois $90.1 million and Chicago $33.8 million to support efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake by expanding vaccine programs and ensuring greater equity and access to vaccine by those disproportionately affected by the virus. To ensure health equity and expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines:

  • 75% of the total funding must focus on specific programs and initiatives intended to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake among racial and ethnic minority communities; and   
  • 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations, and community health centers.

“With this new funding from the Biden/Harris administration, Illinois will move quickly to further expand our aggressive efforts to reach those most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With mass vaccination sites across the state, rural vaccination teams reaching those with less access to healthcare, and partnerships with trusted providers in underserved communities, we have built the infrastructure to end this pandemic as quickly as possible, and these new resources will only help us reach that day even sooner. I’m grateful to President Biden and his administration for making these resources available and for their steadfast partnership since taking office.”

The state says that this funding will allow it to further build-out existing equity efforts, including partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers and safety net hospitals, collaboration with African-American/Black and Latino places of worship, rural vaccination teams, and mass vaccination sites in communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

The funding is being made available through the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. (See pages 10 and 13 of the CDC COVID-19 funding allocations.)

State Steps Up Vaccinations in Rural Areas 
To further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities, the state announced yesterday that it is sending rural vaccination teams to six counties this week, with capacity to vaccinate more than 8,000 people with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This program is seeing promising results, vaccinating more than 4,700 people in the first two weeks of operation.

“I'd like to thank the Governor and the Illinois National Guard for making this mass vaccination clinic possible,” said Stephen Melega, public health administrator for Shelby County. “This event brought a lot of vaccine and services to the community. This was the first time we had been able to utilize the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine which allowed us to more than double the percentage of county residents that are fully vaccinated. I think because of that we had a great turnout over our two-day event, providing more than 1400 vaccinations.”

On April 12, the state will expand eligibility to all residents ages 16 years and older; however, health departments in more than 80 counties across the state have already expanded eligibility to all residents 16 and older. 

State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 2,931 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths.

The total number of cases in the state is 1,261,667 with a total of 21,395 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 51,625 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 5.7%. The preliminary 7-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests from March 30-April 5 is 3.9%, and the seven-day test positivity rate is 4.5%.

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours increased from 1,581 patients to 1,648 patients. Of that figure, 357 were in the ICU, with 143 patients on ventilators.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 8,061,075. This number includes doses allocated for the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities, which effectively has ended. A total of 6,413,258 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 106,976 doses. Yesterday, 95,188 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed more than 30.5 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (a daily increase of more than 62,000 cases), with 554,420 deaths (a daily increase of 353).

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard showed more than 131.4 million COVID-19 cases globally (a daily increase of more than 434,000 cases), with more than 2.85 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 56.8 million cases and more than 1.37 million deaths.

Register Now: Webinar Series on CMS CoP Compliance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has modified its practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Is your organization prepared for your next accreditation survey?

Get answers to pressing questions at CMS Hospital Conditions of Participation Made Easy, a five-part webinar series offered to IHA members through the Texas Hospital Association Foundation.

Each webinar will take place from noon to 2 p.m.:

  • April 7: elective surgery, verbal orders, COVID reporting compliance;
  • April 14: restraint standards, grievances, interpreters;
  • April 21: pharmacy, nursing care plans, safe opioid policies;
  • April 28: Quality Assessment, COVID reporting requirements; and
  • May 5: infection control, home health, discharge planning, anesthesia.

Expert presenter Laura A. Dixon, JD, RN, CPHRM, will lead the series, which will benefit board members, leaders and professionals in:

  • Administration;   
  • Operations and facilities;   
  • Health information management;   
  • Finance;   
  • Nursing and clinical care;   
  • Compliance and legal affairs; and   
  • Quality improvement and risk management.

This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for your next visit from CMS. Registration includes an unlimited number of connections per organization to promote learning across your organization. Register today.