IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 16

Monday, November 16, 2020  
Another COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Results
Governor Reissues COVID-19 Emergency Orders
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
IHA Webinar on Nov. 19: Treating Addiction by Telehealth
Collaborating on COVID-19 Response
State Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ Campaign

Another COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Results
Another COVID-19 vaccine is showing promising results. Biotechnology company Moderna today announced that its vaccine candidate has met the statistical criteria in the study protocol for efficacy, with a vaccine efficacy of 94.5%. A week ago, Pfizer had announced its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective.

Based on interim safety and efficacy data, Moderna says it intends to submit for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks and anticipates having the EUA informed by the final safety and efficacy data (with a median duration of at least two months).

The National Institutes of Health says an independent data and safety monitoring board overseeing the Phase 3 trial of the Moderna vaccine reviewed trial data and shared its interim analysis with the trial oversight group on Sunday (Nov. 15). This interim review of the data suggests that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in adults.

Governor Reissues COVID-19 Emergency Orders
On Friday, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a new 30-day Disaster Proclamation and re-issued many emergency orders (Emergency Order 2020-71), extended through December 12.

State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 11,632 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases – the 11th straight day of more than 10,000 new cases – and 37 deaths.

The total number of cases in the state is 585,248 in 102 counties, with a total of 10,779 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 90,612 test specimens have been processed (a new record), with a positivity rate of 12.8%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests from Nov. 9 – Nov. 15 is 12.5%, and the seven-day test positivity rate is 14.7%.

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours increased from 5,474 patients to 5,581 patients – another new record high. Of that figure, 1,114 patients were in the ICU (highest level since May 16), with 514 patients on ventilators.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 10.9 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (an increase of more than 138,000 cases), with 245,470 deaths.

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard shows more than 54.3 million COVID-19 cases globally (an increase of more than 528,000 cases), with more than 1.31 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 23.1 million cases and more than 679,000 deaths.

IHA Webinar on Nov. 19: Treating Addiction by Telehealth
How has COVID-19 impacted the delivery of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)? Get answers at Treating Behavioral Health and Addiction by Telehealth, an IHA webinar this Thursday, Nov. 19. Addiction specialists from Health Management Associates will lead the complimentary program from 10 to 11 a.m.

You’ll gain insight into:

  • The risk factors exacerbated by and unique to COVID-19 that are associated with substance user disorder (SUD);   
  • Recent regulatory changes for MAT; and   
  • Home induction and monitoring options during the pandemic.

This webinar will provide clarity on the link between COVID-19 and SUD—and the role of telehealth in supporting recovery. COOs, CMOs, CNOs, finance staff, behavioral health specialists and directors of telehealth are encouraged to attend.

Register today.

Collaborating on COVID-19 Response
IHA and LeadingAge Illinois recently held a three-part webinar series with hospital and long-term care partners to hear their about how they worked together to overcome care coordination challenges, collaborative successes, and lessons learned to support their patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters focused on and discussed strategies on:

  • Infection Prevention Best Practices: how hospitals and long-term care facilities shared infection prevention knowledge/expertise/support between facilities   
  • Person Protective Equipment: how facilities worked together to overcome PPE challenges   
  • Testing: how organizations worked together to facilitate testing of patients   
  • Patient Transfer: how organizations worked together to successfully transfer patients   
  • Staff Morale: how organizations worked on addressing staff morale

To access and view recordings of the webinars and presentation slides, click here.

State Launches ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ Campaign
With a new wave of COVID-19 hitting Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker has launched a new awareness campaign to encourage residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives. The Illinois Dept. of Public Health is recommending that residents stay home as much as possible and only leave for essential activities. To provide safer ways to celebrate, ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ highlights what doctors and scientists consider top methods to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus: limiting gatherings to one’s immediate family or keeping them virtual, maintaining six feet of distance from others and wearing a mask, whether indoors or out.

The campaign will reach Illinoisans in English and Spanish through traditional and online media channels, including cable, broadcast and connected TV; streaming audio and radio; billboards and bus shelters; digital display and video; print and social media. To find safety information and tips for the season, visit AllIn.Illinois.gov. To download the videos, audio and images for the ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ campaign, click here.