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FDA: Class I recall of Innova Medical Group’s COVID-19 test

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on June 10, announced the Class I recall of Innova Medical Group’s SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test. The test, which claimed to determine if a person has an active COVID-19 infection, has not been authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA for…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2021
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Cleveland Clinic study finds no vaccine needed for those previously infected with COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic finds that those who have been infected with COVID-19 do not get additional benefits from the vaccine, suggesting that vaccines should be prioritized to individuals who have not gotten the infection. During this analysis of 52,238 Cleveland Clinic employees over…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2021
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University of Maryland Medical System to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) announced on June 9 that it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees, beginning September 1, 2021. UMMS leaders at the manager level and above have until August 1, 2021, to be vaccinated. All UMMS team members and partners, including contractors,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2021
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University of Louisville study finds mask mandates did not slow spread of COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of Louisville finds that state mask mandates did not help slow COVID-19 transmission. The analysis compares COVID-19 case growth rates in 33 states that imposed statewide mask mandates on or before August 2, 2020, with states that imposed mask mandates after…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2021
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CDC: Decreases in COVID-19 cases, ED visits, admissions, deaths, since vaccinations began

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that since adult COVID-19 vaccinations began in the US in December 2020, there has been a: 40% decline in cases 59% decrease in emergency department (ED) visits 65% drop in hospital admissions 66% decline…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2021
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Houston Methodist suspends HCWs for failing to get COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note Houston Methodist has suspended 178 healthcare workers (HCWs) for not following a hospital policy that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the June 7 New York Times reports. After warning employees last month that they had to be vaccinated by June 7 or face suspension, 117 HCWs…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2021
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Two studies suggest COVID-19 immunity may last years

Editor's Note Two studies suggest that immunity to COVID-19 persists for at least a year and perhaps a lifetime, the May 26 New York Times reports. Researchers focused on memory B cells, which retain a memory of the COVID-19 virus. They found that even though the patients’ antibody levels fell…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2021
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Healthcare employment up in May

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in May to a seasonally adjusted 15,984,200 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 4. That’s up 22,500 since April. Hospital employment was up 2,900 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell to 5.8%.

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2021
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COVID-19 testing programs sustain in-person instruction, extracurricular activities in Utah

Editor's Note Utah’s high school COVID-19 testing programs saved in-person instruction days and facilitated the continuation of extracurricular activities during a period of high COVID-19 incidence among high-school aged students, this study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. Utah implemented two COVID-19 testing programs: Test to Play—testing…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 27, 2021
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Children’s Hospital Colorado ‘overrun with kids attempting suicide’

Editor's Note The CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora declared a “State of Emergency” on May 25, saying pediatric emergency departments and inpatient units are being “overrun with kids attempting suicide and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness.” In the last 2 years, Children’s has had…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 27, 2021
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