March 30, 2020
Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show a total of 140,904 confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. in 55 states and U.S. territories, with 2,405 deaths. New York state leads the nation with more than 59,000 cases.
President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act on Friday after the House took final action to pass the legislative package. The IHA-supported legislation includes significant funding and support for hospitals and health systems, totaling over $100 billion. See IHA’s summary of key hospital-related provisions in the package.
The CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) will hold a call covering Clinical Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease on April 2 from 1-2 p.m. (CT). More information, including call details and ways to participate, click here. A listing of 2020 COCA calls, slides and summaries is available here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for certain imported non-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved respirators that have been designed, evaluated, and validated to meet a performance standard specified in the authorization. The FDA says that respirators authorized under the EUA are for use by healthcare professionals in healthcare settings, in accordance with CDC recommendations. A frequently asked questions document has more information on the respirators included in the EUA.
The latest WHO situation report shows more than 693,000 COVID-19 cases globally, with over 33,100 deaths. The European Region leads the world in cases and deaths, with more than 392,700 confirmed cases with nearly 24,000 deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) moved into second place over the weekend, surpassing the Western Pacific Region, reporting more than 142,000 cases and more than 2,400 deaths.