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State health department begins to distribute resources from Strategic National Stockpile

March 23, 2020

The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are shipping supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile across Colorado starting today, Monday, March 23, to help communities respond to COVID-19. 

The Strategic National Stockpile is “the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.” Colorado received the following materials:

  • 49,200 N95 masks
  • 115,000 surgical masks
  • 21,420 surgical gowns 
  • 21,800 face shields
  • 84 coveralls

 CDPHE estimates that these supplies are sufficient for approximately one full day of statewide operations.

The State Unified Command Group, which is part of the EOC, will distribute these materials to every county health department and tribe throughout the state where they are needed most. The following factors were used to determine allocation:

  • county population
  • portion of the population that is older than age 65 proportional to the state population
  • the number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals
  • if the county or tribe has received supplies previously

All county health departments and tribes in the state will receive supplies. CDPHE will work with regional staff to coordinate deliveries.

“We are relieved that we have finally received materials from the Strategic National Stockpile, but it’s not nearly enough,” said Scott Bookman, COVID Incident Commander, CDPHE. “We’re going to need more supplies and are grateful to all our partners across the state who are donating supplies and stepping up to help Colorado meet the demand.”

There are many ways people can contribute to these efforts:

  • The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is coordinating requests for supplies and donations of supplies, as well as trained medical personnel. Please follow the three steps on the Colorado Business EOC website [colorado.gov/cobeoc/business-members-and-vendors] to create an account in the state resource database. The State EOC uses this database to fill all resource requests from state and local agencies during emergencies.
  • Coloradans who wish to donate or volunteer to help those affected by COVID-19 should visit www.helpcoloradonow.com.
  • There is an urgent need for blood. Go to vitalent.org to sign up to donate blood.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is meant for single-use and is recommended by the CDC to be used for COVID-19 testing. In order to preserve these important resources for critical health care needs, CDPHE is urging the public to not wait for a test to self-isolate. People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested right away. Call your health care provider only if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. 

If you have any symptoms -- even mild ones -- public health urges you to stay home and isolate yourself until: 

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
  • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

 

 

ANA Updates COVID-19 March 23, 2020

ANA is advocating on all fronts – with the White House, members of Congress and the media -for steps to protect and sustain nurses and other frontline providers so they can care for patients during this crisis. Our top priorities are increasing the supply of appropriate PPE, creative, flexible staffing protocols, and removing testing barriers. Major print and broadcast media are regularly interviewing representatives of ANA. Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last night. Yesterday Cheryl Peterson, ANA Vice President, Nursing Programs,  addressed a townhall on a PBS NewsHour coronavirus special.  Today Debbie will be on Jake Tapper's show on CNN and is scheduled to appear on Face the Nation this Sunday. The best ways to stay up to date on ANA's activities are to check the  Coronavirus webpage, follow ANA's Twitter and Facebook pages and open ANA's emails. We are sending all member emails each week and providing updates each Thursday in the Nursing Insider e-newsletter.

If you have not done so, it is essential you join the tens of thousands of nurses who have called on Congress to take action on PPE. Please add your voice to ANA's call to action for Congress.

Also some have asked about access to video clips from some of ANA's media engagement.  In this Google doc folder you will find the clips, as well as the developing the summaries below.  

ANA Chief Nursing Officer speaks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the recent nursing roundtable at the White House.

(3/19/2020) – ANA Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker provides highlights from a meeting she and 12 nursing organizations had this week with the President, Vice President and the Coronavirus Taskforce where nurse leaders stressed the need for greater personal safety and increased protective equipment.

ANA leader's advice to the American public during PBS NewsHour's coronavirus special.

(3/19/2020) – Cheryl Peterson, ANA Vice President, Nursing Programs reinforces the actions everyone must take to bend the coronavirus curve.

MSNBC asks health care leaders if hospitals are prepared for a spike in Coronavirus patients.

(3/16/2020) - Cheryl Peterson, ANA Vice President, Nursing Programs gives her insight on what nurses on the frontlines of the Coronavirus are facing on a daily basis and the needs for sustaining the practice during this pandemic.

MSNBC and ANA address biggest concerns facing nurses on the frontline of coronavirus.

(3/14/2020) - Cheryl Peterson, ANA Vice President, Nursing Programs discusses the concerns facing nurses and the vulnerabilities of the nursing profession – keeping nurses safe, personal protection and staffing.

Confronting Coronavirus – PBS NewsHour Special

(3/19/2020) – This special features interviews with officials, global updates on the crisis, plus a town hall with ANA Vice President, Cheryl Peterson serving as a panelist.

 

COVID Updates Governor Polis March 22, 2020

March 23, 2020

In an effort to continue to provide you with an official update from the Governor’s office, below includes the latest steps we are taking to respond to the Coronavirus threat. As the Governor mentioned today, this situation grows more serious by the day, and we must adjust our response accordingly. Scientists and public health experts continue to tell us that we are facing a choice between people’s livelihood and their lives. If we do not do more to slow the spread of this virus, our health care system will be overwhelmed, and doctors will not be able to treat every patient who needs it. The most valuable resource we have is time and we need to do more to slow down the spread of the virus. We appreciate your support in helping to spread these updates to your network.

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

As of this today we have 591 cases, 6 deaths, 58 hospitalizations out of 5,436 completed tests. 

We are grateful for the hardworking men and women from the Army Corps of Engineers that arrived this weekend to help support our healthcare capacity surge and to the hardworking men and women from FEMA who are finally on the job here in Colorado and working with our Emergency Operations Center. 

Executive Order of 50% reduction for all non-critical workplaces

Today the Governor announced an executive order for all non critical-workplaces to reduce their in-person workforce by fifty percent (50%). The order directs all Colorado employers to implement tele-work capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers during work hours and to keep employees on payroll as we endure this temporary disruption to commerce together.

This Executive Order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours.  The Governor has directed CDPHE to develop and issue a certification method, with appropriate penalties for supplying false information that allows employers to demonstrate that they are in compliance with this directive. For more information on obtaining the certification, please email [email protected] with the SUBJECT as “Business Exemption Request.”

Here are the critical workplaces that are exempted:

  1. Healthcare Operations

  2. Critical Infrastructure, Including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, orgs that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain

  3. Critical Manufacturing, Including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture

  4. Critical Retail, Including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores

  5. Critical Services, Including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues, 

  6. News Media

  7. Financial Institutions

  8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations,

  9. Construction

  10. Defense

  11. Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair

  12. Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical gov’t services

  13. “Critical Government Functions” 

Please see FAQs document that we have developed on this order Click Here.

Additional Social Distancing Guidance

The Governor’s Executive Order also contains even more guidance for social distancing. Coloradans are urged to stay home except for the following reasons:

  • To obtain necessary services or supplies,

  • To deliver those services or supplies to others who need assistance

  • To engage in outdoor recreational activities while still following social distancing protocols, staying 6 feet away from other parties

  • To perform work

  • Or to care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual’s home.

Additionally, the executive order urges Coloradans to try to limit those essential activities outside of their homes as much as possible. For instance, instead of going to get groceries twice a week, folks should go out and get twice as much food once a week. It will help limit everyone’s exposure and save lives.

Call for Donations

This is a time when we all need to do our part to protect our fellow Coloradans. Thank you to all who are stepping up already. Some ways that you can help:

  • Post your photos of practicing social distancing or helping your neighbors with the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO to participate in our social media challenge.

  • Donate to COVID-19 Relief Fund at HelpColoradoNow.org

  • Signed up to volunteer at HelpColoradoNow.org

  • Donated blood; visit vitalant.org to find a location to donate near you.

  • Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the state or your local public health department.

To donate PPE keep the bare minimum amount of supply you need to conduct essential or life saving functions, and contribute the remainder to our state's COVID19 response. If you have small quantities of supplies to contribute, between 1-25 boxes of personal protective equipment  (i.e., six boxes of protective eye glasses) we ask that you donate these supplies to yourlocal public health department, local community health center, community clinic, or local hospital. 

If you have more than 25 boxes, or the pieces of larger equipment such as anesthesia machines or ventilators, we ask that you fill outTHIS FORM, so we can determine if these items are needed in our state’s emergency supply. Once we receive your form entry, we will follow up with you to determine next steps. Please completethe form as soon as possible, but no later than March 26.

Innovation Response Team Task Force 

The Governor announced today that we are standing up a new division in our Emergency Operations Center to help us continue to develop innovative plans to respond to COVID-19. The Innovation Response Team Task Force, will be tasked with the following objectives:

  • Developing a statewide system for mass testing and rapid results,

  • Developing mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens,

  • Creating a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine, 

  • And developing locally-sourced alternatives to secure critical medical supplies so we can keep our frontline workers safe.

The IRT is being led on an interim basis by Matt Blumberg, a technology entrepreneur who founded and led Broomfield-based email technology company Return Path for the past 20 years.  Sarah Tuneburg, CEO of Geospezia, a company that deals with risk assessment, will eventually be the leader for the team. An important component of the IRT’s work is private sector partnerships, which is why Boulder-based Venture Capitalist Brad Feld has been appointed as the Chairman of the IRT’s Private Sector Task Force. Feld will coordinate corporate and private-sector volunteer activities in a series of specific areas, including Manufacturing, TeleMedicine, and at-home Service delivery. Additionally, Noel Ginsberg has stepped in to help by using his entire network and his companies to start manufacturing PPE right here in Colorado to keep our health care workers safe and save lives.

If you are a private sector company who wants to partner with this team on acquiring testing, critical constrained medical supplies, technology, or support services for people who are isolated go to HelpColoradoNow.org for information on how your company can be part of the solution and save the lives of your neighbors, your loved ones, maybe even yourself.

Clarity on Testing

We know other countries have fared far better than the U.S. on being prepared to combat this virus, and they have done it through mass testing and isolating those who test positive, versus quarantining a whole society which is what we are seeing in Italy and in some states in the U.S. 

 

Our mass testing strategy will rely upon the most clinically relevant tests. There are two ways to test for COVID-19.  One method, known as RT-PCR, tests for the presence of the virus using a nose swab. The other, known as serological, tests for the body's response to the virus, often with a prick of blood. RT-PCR tests can tell if a person is infected much sooner than a serological test, making it relevant for clinical decision making, diagnosis, and isolation.  While Serological tests will play a role in public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation, we will need to use the RT-PCR based tests -- nasal and oral swabs -- to keep people safe and limit the spread. Our teams are working hard at procuring and coordinating deployment of both kinds of tests.

 

ANA Webinar: Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this  COVID-19 Pandemic

March 22, 2020

ANA's top priority is always the health and well-being of all RNs and the patients and families they care for.
 

ANA is focused on supporting nurses during this extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic. ANA is aggressively advocating for protections for nurses, tracking all guidelines and advisories as they are released and educating and informing nurses.

Registration is FREE for both ANA members and non-members.

A link to this on-demand webinar will be emailed to all registrants early the week of March 30, 2020.

Register to view this content anytime, anywhere.

Click the button below to register:

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Nurses and healthcare workers face ongoing challenges with understanding current guidelines on the use of (Personal Protective Equipment) PPE during times of supply chain shortage, patient surge, and evolving evidence on novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To protect the workforce and continue care of COVID-19 patients without disruption, healthcare workers need protection from COVID-19. 

This important on-demand webinar focuses on the current PPE guidelines for supply optimization and how to maintain personnel safety. 

ANA is partnering with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to bring you this up-to-date program that covers:

  • Current epidemiology of COVID-19 including modes of transmission
  • How to implement critical infection control standards to minimize spread and maintain healthcare worker protection
  • Best practice recommendations for optimal protection while maximizing a limited supply of PPE during time of patient surge
  • Review of the ANA COVID-19 website that provides critical information and links to help you to stay you up to date, participate in legislative advocacy and share your personal story 

Click the button below to register:

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Who should attend: ALL NURSES IN ALL SETTINGS

Additional information:  A link will be emailed to all registrants early the week of March 30, 2020, so you can view the webinar at your convenience, anytime, anywhere. When you register for this first webinar, you will also be automatically registered for additional COVID-19 webinars in development over the upcoming weeks. 

Please join us for this valuable webinar!

Click here to register.

Made possible by the generosity of Hillrom and the American Nurses Foundation.

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This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.

Registration is required.

*Questions, please email [email protected]

Please forward to interested colleagues.

 

ANA Updates on COVID, Survey, & Special ANA COVID Webinar 

March 21, 2020

This week marks a drastic change across the nation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase and intensified measures are underway to contain the virus and reduce community spread. As you continue to respond on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand you face a dire need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as the supply dwindles along with the need for essential supplies for testing and treatment. 

ANA is standing with you. This week I visited the White House to advocate for immediate action and financial support to ensure you are protected with the necessary PPE, staffing support, and medical supplies and equipment to provide safe patient care.

Please continue to visit ANA's Coronavirus resource page for updates.

See below for information on upcoming webinars and ways you can support efforts to get adequate PPE supplies to nurses.

Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Chief Nursing Officer, ANA

Resources

ANA provides our members with many ways to educate themselves on COVID-19 and get engaged:

Urge Your Legislators to Act on COVID-19

Nurses serve on the frontlines to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, despite severe PPE shortages. The lack of masks and N95 respirators has increased unsafe conditions for nurses and patients. We need your voice now!
 

ANA COVID-19 Workplace Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic puts nurses on the frontline, and preparedness is critical to preventing community spread. ANA is launching a workplace survey to gather and broadcast the perspectives and needs of nurses. The data from this survey will be aggregated and posted on ANA's website to shine a light on the needs of those providing care.

Take the survey here

Special ANA COVID-19 Webinar

Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients During This COVID-19 Pandemic
Nurses and health care workers face ongoing challenges with the supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during times of supply chain shortage, patient surge, and evolving evidence on COVID-19. ANA is partnering with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to bring you this free, online, on-demand webinar. A link to view the webinar at your convenience will be emailed to all registrants the week of March 30. 
 
Register for the webinar here
 

COVID-19 ANA Twitter Chat

Join ANA for our upcoming Twitter Chat #ANACOVID19Chat on March 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Free Self-Care for Nurses Webinar March 25

During the Innovation by Nurses for Nurses: Self-Care Every Nurse Needs! webinar, held March 25 at  1 p.m. ET,  you will learn how one organization gathered input from frontline nurses and experts to design innovative programs and structures to meet the complex self-care needs of individuals and nursing teams. You will share in their experience by learning how they utilized shared governance to implement programs to promote wellness, address barriers to wellbeing, and support nurses in developing self-care skills. 

Bonus content just added: See the presentation of the 2020 ANA Innovation Awards powered by BD. These awards highlight, recognize, and celebrate nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and/or outcomes. 
 
This Navigate Nursing webinar is free for ANA members ($29 for non-members). Register here
The ANA Enterprise is committed to keeping you informed about our actions in response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and national emergency. Stay up to date via our coronavirus resources webpage, social media channels, and email communications to our valued members, customers, providers, partners, and employees. Read more here.
 
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