WNC COVID-19 Regional Report - June 19, 2020

June 22, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020
This week’s report updates state trends and highlights data on the effectiveness of face coverings, how structural racism creates an epidemic of risk for Black communities, and new COVID-19 resources for providers and vulnerable patients experiencing health inequities.
Monitoring Trends
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North Carolina is one of the 20 states where the number of new reported cases and hospitalizations have been increasing over the past 14 days (as shown in the New York Times).
Key Observations this Week

There are more than 48,000 cases and more than 1,175 deaths associated with COVID-19 in North Carolina as of June 18. Many COVID-19 key metrics have continued upward trends again this week:

  •  One-day increase: The highest number of COVID-19 cases was reported on June 12 (1,768 cases)
  • Hospitalizations: The highest number of hospitalizations to date (857) was reported on June 18, breaking the records set in the previous two days.

Governor Cooper is expected to announce early next week whether the state will move forward with easing restrictions in light of recent trends. He is also considering whether to mandate the use of face coverings.

Face Coverings Dramatically Reduce COVID-19 Spread
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A recently published study shows that widespread adoption of face coverings used in combination with lock-down measures dramatically reduces the spread of disease, flattens subsequent waves, and brings the virus under control, even when assuming masks are only 50% effective.
NC Releases New Funding for COVID-19 Response
On June 15, NCDHHS announced that community action agencies have begun to receive $26 million to help families facing eviction and other financial challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDHHS is allocating $35 million to local health departments. These federal funds will support COVID-19 staffing, infection controls, testing and tracing, IT infrastructure and data sharing and visualization.
Study Explains How Racism Impacts COVID-19 Outcomes
The Chicago Urban League has published a case study that explains why Black people are more likely to get infected and die from COVID-19.

Structural racism increases the risk for infection through inequitable employment conditions, housing, barriers to social distancing, and mass incarceration. Social determinants such as hyper-segregation, discrimination in healthcare, poverty, environmental pollution, and preexisting health conditions make it more likely Black people will become severely ill or die from if they contract the virus.
COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets

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

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Library Guide: Best Practices for Re-Opening
The MAHEC Practice Support Guide for COVID-19 contains a wealth of curated resources to support your practice/organization. This week, we’re highlighting our COVID-19 Re-Opening Guide, which includes re-opening guidance for healthcare providers, businesses, schools, and institutions of higher education.
NEW Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients

Provider Relief

Health Inequities & Mental Health Support

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Patient Education & Resources

NEW & Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings & Support

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

  • Group coachingTuesdays at 6:30 pm, with Ryan Bayley, MD, with a focus on physician wellness
  • Yoga and meditationSaturdays at 10:00 am, with Robyn Tiger, MD; no prior experience or registration needed, and each session is family friendly
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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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