WNC COVID Regional Report- Oct. 2nd

October 8, 2020

 

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Friday, October 2, 2020

 

Our WNC regional report is moving to a monthly distribution schedule. For the latest guidance, please visit MAHEC’s COVID-19 Library Guide, which contains updated information and resources on a variety of topics curated by NC AHEC medical librarians.

 

Five Things

 

In this week’s streamlined regional report you’ll find

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Updated WNC Trends

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Fall COVID-19 prevention tips

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MAHEC COVID-19 Library Guide

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NEW resources for your patients

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Upcoming COVID-19 trainings

WNC COVID-19 Trends

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Although the total percentage of people visiting WNC emergency departments for COVID-like illnesses has declined since a peak of 3.8% in early August, this percentage remains elevated as we begin heading into the flu season, which peaked last year in December.

 

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Source: WNC COVID-19 Dashboard, WNC Health Network and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC.

On Thursday, NCDHHS reported 2,277 new COVID-19 cases, up from 1,495 the day before and the most new daily confirmed cases since July 30.

The average number of cases in WNC has increased from 79 to 89 cases per day over the past week. These data suggest the need for strong prevention efforts to head off a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-like illness this fall. Healthcare providers are encouraged to promote flu vaccinations and proven measures such as frequent hand washing, wearing face coverings in public, and practicing social distancing.

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Over the River and Through the Woods

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As we move into Phase 3 at 5 pm today, WNC is not yet out of the woods. It may become more difficult to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the coming months with more children returning to school, the easing of various restrictions, more time spent indoors, and upcoming holidays that coincide with cold and flu season.

 

The following prevention resources, though simple, include powerful strategies to help WNC families and communities make it safely through the woods this season.COVID Pumpkin.jpg

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COVID-19 Practice Support Tip Sheets

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The following guidance has been issued or updated recently:

For more practice support guidance and a variety of national, state, and regional COVID-19 curated resources, please see MAHEC’s COVID-19 Library Guide.

 

NEW Resources to Help You Serve Your Patients

 

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NEW & Ongoing COVID-19 Virtual Trainings & Support

 

Coping with COVID-19 Course (Free)
Self-paced online courses for frontline maternity and pediatric/NICU healthcare providers

2020 Health Communication, Media, and Marketing Forum
Oct. 6-8, topics include health equity, COVID-19 vaccine promotion, and addressing misinformation

The National Council: Systematic Racism, Health Disparities, and COVID-19
Thursday, Oct. 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Vaya Health: QPR Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Immunizations and Keeping Kids Well: Trends and COVID-19
Thursday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm

NC AHEC and CCNC Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series
Tuesday Oct. 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Panel includes experts in pediatric infectious diseases, mental health, and testing

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 Virtual Yoga and Meditation with Dr. Robyn Tiger
Thursdays from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Contact Robyn to register for classes

NIHCM: Protecting Our Children - COVID-19's Impact on Early Childhood and ACEs
Archived webinar

 

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