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COVID-19 Data Update
Taken together, these data suggest that COVID-19 transmission is increasing in the community and that an increasing proportion of emergency department visits and hospital admissions for febrile respiratory disease over the past several weeks are attributable to COVID-19. While long-term care residents and staff, other health care workers, and close contacts to known confirmed cases of COVID-19 are associated with increased risk of acquisition, most cases have no identifiable risk factor other than living in the community. Given that cases counted this week reflect transmission that occurred 1-2 weeks ago, it is still too soon to assess the extent to which recently implement social distancing measures have reduced transmission.
Updated guidelines for return of patients to long-term care from the hospital:
Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Outpatient Kidney Centers
COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers – Reuse and Decontamination of N95 Respirators