Coronavirus: Preparation & Response Discussion March 9

March 3, 2020

The PLOWS Council on Aging, in partnership with IHA and Coordinated Care Alliance, will hold a special program, “Coronavirus: Preparation & Response,” on Mon., March 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.

Michael Ison, MD, MS, FIDA, FAST, director/professor, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will present on approaches and measures to consider in preventing or preparing for a potential outbreak of COVID-19, especially among older adults.

Click here to RSVP no later than Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. Details about a video/web conferencing option will be emailed to those unable to attend, so indicate in your registration if you prefer this option.

According to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, currently there are two preliminary positive Illinois cases pending Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmation, and one suspected positive case announced this morning. Two previous COVID-19 Illinois patients have been cleared and resumed normal activities. Nationally, a recent COVID-19 outbreak in a Seattle nursing home led to 17% of residents and staff members showing possible signs of the infection.

Today, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC provided an update on the active monitoring of persons exposed to patients with confirmed COVID-19 in the U.S. in January and February. Current CDC figures show a total of 60 confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with an additional 48 cases among repatriated persons to the U.S.

In its latest situation report, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted six new countries reporting COVID-19 cases: Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Iceland, and Indonesia. There are nearly 89,000 confirmed cases globally, with more than 80,000 from China.

Additional COVID-19 resources are available on IHA’s website.