IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 5

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 
IHA Update on Education of Unvaccinated Staff Members 
New Report on Rural Health/Death Disparities 
IL Dept. on Aging Discharge Planning Summit 
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates 
Briefly Noted

IHA Update on Education of Unvaccinated Staff Members
Last month, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) issued an emergency rule requiring each hospital to provide all of its unvaccinated staff members with 90 minutes of “clear and accurate instruction” regarding COVID-19 vaccines. The education must address vaccine effectiveness, benefits, risks, common reactions, hesitancy and misinformation. To assist members on this issue, IHA has compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine education resources. See IHA’s memo for more information.

The emergency rule was published in the Oct. 1 Illinois Register (pages 11907-11923).


New Report on Rural Health/Death Disparities
In 2019, death rates in rural areas were 19% higher than in urban areas for males and 21% higher for females. That’s according to a new report, “Trends in Death Rates in Urban and Rural Areas: United States, 1999–2019”, from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other key findings include:

  • The difference in age-adjusted death rates between rural and urban areas increased from 1999 through 2019.
  • The percentage difference in rural and urban death rates for both males and females widened over the period.
  • Rates for each of the 10 leading causes of death in 2019 were higher in rural than in urban areas.
  • Differences between rural and urban areas in death rates for heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease widened over the period.

The report notes that approximately 15% of the U.S. population resides in counties located in rural areas and often face greater public health challenges as they have more limited access to healthcare, are less likely to be insured, and are more likely to live in poverty.


IL Dept. on Aging Discharge Planning Summit
The Illinois Dept. on Aging (IDoA) will host a summit Oct. 27 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on the roles, responsibilities, and collaborative relationship between hospital discharge planners and Adult Protective Services (APS). The presentation will include a discussion of the collaboration between APS and staff from Springfield Memorial Hospital. Continuing education credits will be provided. More information about the summit and how to register can be found here.

If you have any questions about the summit please contact IDoA at Aging.APS@illinois.gov.


State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,058 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, including 24 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,641,061 cases, including 25,099 deaths. In the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 107,605 specimens for a total of 32,504,754. As of last night, 1,708 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 408 patients were in the ICU and 233 patients were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests is 2.2%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity is 2.6%. The latest daily case positivity rate is 2.84%.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 30,985 doses, with 29,838 doses administered in the past 24 hours. IDPH reports 64.3% of adult Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 81.7% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 62.8% have been fully vaccinated, while 80.2% have received at least one vaccination dose.

Monday’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed more than 43.6 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (a daily increase of more than 28,000 cases; seven-day moving average of more than 86,000 cases), with 700,176 deaths (a daily increase of 250).

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard showed more than 235.1 million COVID-19 cases globally (a daily increase of more than 355,000 cases), with more than 4.8 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 90.4 million cases and more than 2.22 million deaths.


Briefly Noted
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, today announced his decision to end his tenure as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by the end of the year. Dr. Collins is the longest serving presidentially appointed NIH director, having served three U.S. presidents over more than 12 years.

This Thursday, Oct. 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CDT, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics will co-host a COCA Call: “2021–2022 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Practitioners.” During this call, subject matter experts will discuss strategies providers can use to improve, prevent, and control influenza among children this season. Click here for more information, including the webinar link and call-in numbers.

More than half of Chicago parents (55%) agree that schools should be able to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for children to attend school in person, 56% agree that employers should be able to mandate COVID-19 vaccines, and fewer than 1 in 4 Chicago parents say they disagree with COVID-19 vaccine mandates in schools and in workplaces, according to a survey conducted by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Nearly half (48%) of parents of vaccine-eligible children ages 12-17 now say their child has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a new Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor report shows. Largely fielded before Pfizer’s Sept. 20 announcement about favorable results from its clinical trials for children ages 5-11, the report also shows a third (34%) of parents of children in that age group want their child to get vaccinated “right away” once eligible. A similar share (32%) wants to “wait and see,” while a quarter (24%) say their children will “definitely not” get a COVID-19 vaccine.