COVID-19 News & Updates


Please find the COVID-19 updates and educational opportunities offered during the month of June 2021, listed below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
 

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
June 28, 2021 REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
June is National COVID-19 Vaccine Month of Action
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s dialysis and transplant patients and providers. With information coming from so many various sources, CMS has summarized the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These resources and more are available at the following links:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
June 21, 2021 REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
June is National COVID-19 Vaccine Month of Action
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s dialysis and transplant patients and providers. With information coming from so many various sources, CMS has summarized the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These resources and more are available at the following links:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
June 14, 2021
June is National COVID-19 Vaccine Month of Action
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s dialysis and transplant patients and providers. With information coming from so many various sources, CMS has summarized the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These resources and more are available at the following links:
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
June 7, 2021 REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
June 2, 2021 REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 

 

For Staff
June 28, 2021 OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
OSHA has determined employee exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, presents a danger to workers in healthcare settings where people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are expected to be present. A new emergency temporary standard is being enacted by OSHA with specific requirements for healthcare entities to provide for their workers. The ETS has not been published yet in the federal register, however when it is, facilities will only have 14 days to have a plan in place and another 30 days to be in full compliance. 
 
Subpart U—COVID-19 Healthcare ETS Fact Sheet
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5.
COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 
June 21, 2021 REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5.
COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 
June 14, 2021
June is National COVID-19 Vaccine Month of Action
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s dialysis and transplant patients and providers. With information coming from so many various sources, CMS has summarized the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These resources and more are available at the following links:
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5.
COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 
June 7, 2021 REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
CDC Dialysis Safety Team Announces COVID Breakthrough Reporting ListServe
While COVID-19 vaccines are effective and a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control, a small number of cases will still occur in fully vaccinated people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites the kidney community to contribute to their ongoing efforts to characterize end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on maintenance dialysis, who are diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infections after being fully vaccinated. The CDC is requesting healthcare providers who work with patients with ESRD, on maintenance dialysis, to report SARS-CoV-2 infections meeting the following criteria:
 
  • Patients with ESRD on maintenance dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) with a laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosed by PCR, other NAAT, or antigen who are >14 days from receipt of the second COVID-19 vaccination of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or >14 days from receipt of the first COVID-19 vaccination of a one-single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
 
If you have any cases to report, please email CDC’s Dialysis Coalition email box dialysiscoalition@cdc.gov using the subject line: “Breakthrough cases” AND DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PATIENT IDENTIFIERS.  Please only include the following in your email:
 
  • Your first and last name
  • Facility name
  • Phone number
WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5.
COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 
June 2, 2021 CDC Dialysis Safety Team Announces COVID Breakthrough Reporting ListServe
While COVID-19 vaccines are effective and a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control, a small number of cases will still occur in fully vaccinated people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites the kidney community to contribute to their ongoing efforts to characterize end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on maintenance dialysis, who are diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infections after being fully vaccinated. The CDC is requesting healthcare providers who work with patients with ESRD, on maintenance dialysis, to report SARS-CoV-2 infections meeting the following criteria:
 
  • Patients with ESRD on maintenance dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) with a laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosed by PCR, other NAAT, or antigen who are >14 days from receipt of the second COVID-19 vaccination of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or >14 days from receipt of the first COVID-19 vaccination of a one-single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
 
If you have any cases to report, please email CDC’s Dialysis Coalition email box dialysiscoalition@cdc.gov using the subject line: “Breakthrough cases” AND DO NOT INCLUDE ANY PATIENT IDENTIFIERS.  Please only include the following in your email:
 
  • Your first and last name
  • Facility name
  • Phone number
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5.
COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
June 28, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
Faith-Based Toolkits
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Date & Topic:
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Register
Association of State And Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO has partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to offer free online education on How to Be Prepared to Serve During COVID-19, a module in their e-learning center. The module features a core set of resources and materials that can be viewed or referenced at any time, covering the following topics:
 
  • COVID-19 Etiology and "Infectious Disease 101"
  • Incident Command Structure
  • Identifying Key People in Your Agency and Jurisdiction
  • Crisis Communication
  • Data and Data Systems
Register
 
June 21, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
Spanish Language Toolkits
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Healthcare workers Toolkit
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Dates & Topics (registration not yet available):
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Faith-Based Toolkits - Register
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities - Register
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Register
 
June 14, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
General Populations Toolkit
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Rural Toolkit
Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Dates & Topics (registration not yet available):
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Spanish Language Toolkits - Registration TBD*
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Healthcare workers Toolkit - Registration TBD
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Faith-Based Toolkits - Registration TBD
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities -Registration TBD
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Registration TBD
 
June 7, 2021 Dialysis Patient Citizens’ Support Group Call
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Join the call:
Dial: (866) 808-5953
Enter Meeting Code: 253 841 3353
 
June 2, 2021
Looking ahead:
Dialysis Patient Citizens’ Support Group Call
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Join the call:
Dial: (866) 808-5953
Enter Meeting Code: 253 841 3353
 

 

For Staff
June 28, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
Faith-Based Toolkits
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Date & Topic:
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Register
Association of State And Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO has partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to offer free online education on How to Be Prepared to Serve During COVID-19, a module in their e-learning center. The module features a core set of resources and materials that can be viewed or referenced at any time, covering the following topics:
 
  • COVID-19 Etiology and "Infectious Disease 101"
  • Incident Command Structure
  • Identifying Key People in Your Agency and Jurisdiction
  • Crisis Communication
  • Data and Data Systems
Register
 
June 21, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
Spanish Language Toolkits
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Healthcare workers Toolkit
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Dates & Topics (registration not yet available):
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Faith-Based Toolkits - Register
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities - Register
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Register
Sanofi Transplantation Educational Initiative
Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
Telligen Webinar Event
COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, Hesitancy, and Masks
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
UVA 2021 Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Living Donation
Thursday, June 24, 2021
View Brochure
Register
 
June 14, 2021 We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars by CMS
The We Can Do This campaign from HHS is a national initiative, working hand-in-hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage more people to become vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources, including toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the campaign and is offering several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.
 
General Populations Toolkit
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Rural Toolkit
Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
Future Dates & Topics (registration not yet available):
•  Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Spanish Language Toolkits - Registration TBD*
•  Thursday June 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Healthcare workers Toolkit - Registration TBD
•  Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Faith-Based Toolkits - Registration TBD
•  Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Toolkits for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities -Registration TBD
•  Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET: Older Adults Toolkit - Registration TBD
Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Virtual Council Meeting
QIRN5 New Contract Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
Sanofi Transplantation Educational Initiative
Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
UVA 2021 Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Living Donation
Thursday, June 24, 2021
View Brochure
Register
 
June 7, 2021
Looking ahead:
Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Virtual Council Meeting
QIRN5 New Contract Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
Sanofi Transplantation Educational Initiative
Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
UVA 2021 Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Living Donation
Thursday, June 24, 2021
View Brochure
Register
 
June 2, 2021
Looking ahead:
Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Virtual Council Meeting
QIRN5 New Contract Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
Sanofi Transplantation Educational Initiative
Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
UVA 2021 Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Living Donation
Thursday, June 24, 2021
View Brochure
Register
 

 

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