WNC COVID-19 Regional Report - June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

 
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Friday, June 12, 2020
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This week’s report updates regional trends and highlights new testing guidance, harm reduction strategies, new online tools for checking symptoms and finding testing sites, and new COVID-19 resources and virtual trainings to address health inequities and support vulnerable patients.
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Monitoring Trends
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Click chart to see current data.
Chart courtesy of David Raynor, News and Observer. Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services
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Key Observations This Week
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Over the past week, COVID-19 cases have increased and key metrics have moved in the wrong direction:
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  • One-day increase: The highest numbers for COVID-19 cases were reported on June 6 (1,370) and June 11 (1,310)
  • Percent of positive tests: NC reached 10% on June 5-6 and is among the highest in the nation
  • Hospitalizations: The highest number of hospitalizations to date (812) was reported on June 11
Additionally, the state reported its first pediatric death associated with COVID-19 on June 1.

In response to increased community transmission, NCDHHS issued updated testing guidelines on June 9. Testing is now recommended for those with symptoms and also for asymptomatic individuals who:
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  • were exposed to known positive cases of COVID-19
  • work in settings with a higher risk for exposure
  • have recently attended mass gatherings, including protests
  • are members of vulnerable and/or historically marginalized groups
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Supporting Public Health and Public Protests
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More than 1,200 public health professionals and community stakeholders have published an open letter in response to two ongoing public health crises: institutional racism and COVID-19. This letter includes a number of harm reduction strategies to support both protesters and public health.

Regional Report NPR Logo.pngThis recent National Public Radio story examines the
intersection of racial disparities and COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets
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For more practice support resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Regional Response Guidance.
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Library Guide: COVID-19 Resiliency and Mental Health
 
The MAHEC Practice Support Guide for COVID-19 contains a wealth of curated resources to support you and your practice/organization. This week, we are highlighting our COVID-19 Resiliency and Mental Health Guide. In it, you’ll find tip sheets for healthcare providers, tools and online apps, and resources to support mindfulness, resilience, mental health, and parents and children.
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New Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients
 
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Health Inequities and Social Support
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Patient Education
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New and Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings and Support
 
NCDHHS COVID-19 Testing Overview: Updates on Testing Modalities, Guidance, & Resources
Monday, June 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

NC AHEC COVID-19 Webinars
Daily with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions and archived webinars

MAHEC Webinars on Resilience & Community Resources for COVID-19
Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 am

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

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

Western Carolina Medical Society: Weekly Virtual Wellness Series
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  • Group coaching, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, with Ryan Bayley, MD, with a focus on physician wellness
  • Yoga and meditation, Saturdays at 10:00 am, with Robyn Tiger, MD; no prior experience or registration needed, and each session is family friendly
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Archives
 
June 5 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
May 29 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
May 22 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
May 15 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
May 8 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
May 1 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
April 24 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
April 17 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report
April 10 WNC COVID-19 Regional Report

If you would like to receive this weekly report, please email Sam.Blankenship@mahec.net to be added to our distribution list. 
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Regional Response Partners
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