WNC COVID-19 Regional Report - Friday, August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020



Friday, August 7, 2020

This week’s report highlights COVID-19 trends, WNC case updates, a new CDC lab test in development, information on inequities for those living with disabilities, and new resources and training opportunities for providers and patients.

Monitoring Trends

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Graph courtesy of Dogwood Health Trust.

Key Observations this Week

Following a slight drop over the weekend, new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the percentage of positive tests rose again but appear to be stabilizing.

In WNC, we continue to have community spread. Buncombe County is reporting the highest number of total lab-confirmed cases at 1,776. You can see daily case trends for each county on this interactive map.

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 with “Safer at Home” restrictions for an additional 5 weeks to reduce the risk for community transmission as students return to school in the coming weeks.

Lab Update: New CDC Test Will Detect Flu & COVID-19 Viruses

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The CDC Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay is currently in production and will enable public health labs to use one test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus, and influenza B virus in upper or lower respiratory specimens. Test kits will be shipped to public health laboratories once production, including quality control and assembly, has been completed. This multiplex assay test is important because it will allow laboratories to process more tests, conserve testing supplies, and provide data public health officials need to simultaneously manage the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.

COVID Creates New Challenges for People Living with Disabilities

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In July 1990, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, transforming public spaces and workplaces to accommodate all. Thirty years later, the estimated 1 in 4 Americans living with disabilities still experience inequities in many areas including employment, access to educational and healthcare services, voting, and incarceration.

COVID-19 has amplified many of these inequities in addition to creating new ones such as reduced access to support services, increased risk of COVID-19 exposure for those living in congregate care homes, increased isolation, disruption of daily routines, and communication challenges resulting from widespread use of face coverings.

COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets

For more practice support resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Regional Response Guidance.

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NEW Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients

Provider Resources

Health Inequities and Social Support

Patient Education

NEW & Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings & Support

APHA Health Equity Webinar: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public’s Health New
Tuesday, August 11 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm

MAHEC COVID-19 Coordinating Community Resources in WNC
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 am, biweekly beginning August 12

MAHEC Acute Care of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19
Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

NCDHHS COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Click link above and select “add to distribution list” to receive weekly meeting invitations

WCMS Free Virtual Yoga and Meditation
Thursdays from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Virtual Support Group for WNC Healthcare Workers
Thursdays at 7:00 pm


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