COVID-19 July Updates
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Posted by: Leah Konieczka
Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 in Oregon. If you have additional information that would be helpful to the community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CDC Guidelines if an Employee is Exposed:
Multnomah County Guidelines if Employee Tests Positive:
CDC Guidelines for Treating Patients With COVID-19:
OHA Announces New Online Testing Locator
Today, the Oregon Health Authority announced it has published a COVID-19 test site locator to help Oregonians across the state find testing sites in their community. The interactive map is available on pages in both English and Spanish and can be toggled into multiple other languages:
People who experience COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, should contact a health care provider to discuss whether to be tested. Health care providers determine whether testing is appropriate based on symptoms and test availability in their area.
“Removing barriers to testing is important to help Oregonians stay healthy and to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state epidemiologist and state health officer. “This new resource can help people find ongoing testing locations in their community, which is especially important for people who don’t have a primary care provider.”
The COVID-19 testing site locator was developed byCastlight,
a health navigation platform that connects the information of hundreds of health vendors, benefits resources and plan designs into an online tool. Oregonians can locate nearby testing sites by entering their address or selecting state, county
and zip. Oregonians should call the COVID-19 testing site before they go to learn about testing criteria, availability and hours.
encourages testing for anyone with symptoms in consultation with a health care provider. If testing resources are limited, the following groups should be prioritized:
Healthcare workers and first responders (EMS, public safety workers)
Residents, staff, children, and others in non-hospital congregate settings (e.g., residential care facilities, group homes, schools, agricultural workplaces, food processing plants, jails or prisons, shelters)
Workers who provide direct care or services in multiple group facilities or who provide in-home services (e.g., hospice care workers, physical or occupational therapists, in-home personal care workers)
Essential front-line service workers who have regular contact with large numbers of people (e.g., those working in grocery, pharmacy, transit, delivery, and other critical infrastructure services)
People 65 years of age or older
People with underlying medical conditions, including, but not limited to, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, obesity, and immunocompromising conditions
People who identify as Black, African American, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander
People who identify as having a disability
People whose first language is not English
People whose condition requires hospitalization
People who, within 14 days of their symptom onset, had close contact with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 case
HHS Expected to Extend the Public Health Emergency for Another 90 Days
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving forward with plans to extend the current public health emergency (PHE), currently scheduled to expire on July 25th, by an additional 90 days.
Several payment policies and regulatory adjustments are attached to the public health emergency, including increased federal Medicaid matching rates, requirements that insurers cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing, and waivers of telehealth restrictions.
Coding for COVID-19
With quarantine and social distancing in effect in most states now, and no definitive end date, it is important to quickly and efficiently transition your practice into a virtual one. Telemedicine can be a life-saver, not only for your patients but for the future of your clinic.
Novel Approach to Treating COVID-19 UsingNutritional and Oxidative Therapies
A study on COVID-19 Therapies by Dr. David Browstein and colleagues has just been published on extremely effective COVID-19 therapies.