COVID-19 News Updates

 

NEWS UPDATES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS
  • 3/5/2020 - CMS announced the development of a new code that can be used by health care providers and laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases.
  • 3/4/2020 - CDC announces initial funding to jurisdictions to supporting COVID-19 response.
  • 3/4/2020 - House of Representatives approves a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package for the coronavirus, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
  • 3/4/2020 - CDC updated its guidance for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation to include a wider group of individuals in an effort to make testing more widely available.
  • 3/4/2020 - CMS announces actions to address the coronavirus, including an enhanced focus on infection control procedures and guidance for nursing homes.
  • 3/2/2020 - CDC and FDA announced they are taking emergency action to allow more types of respirators to be used in health care settings amid several outbreaks of coronavirus in multiple states.
  • 2/29/2020 – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.
  • 2/29/2020 - FDA issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.
  • 2/28/2020 - CDC updated its guidance on testing and evaluation of suspected cases, expanding the criteria for who should be tested.