AP Health & Covid-19
AP Health is working to keep our communities safe, healthy and informed during this time. We will continue to keep you up to date on significant topics related to COVID-19 and the health care industry.
For Your Reference:
List for all Global, Federal, State & Local Guidelines:
March 12th: Biden to states: Open vaccine eligibility to all adults by May
March 4th: COVID-19 State Emergency Response
This map shows the states that have taken action to suspend or waive certain practice requirements for PAs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated on a rolling basis.
February 2nd: Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
January 28th: What you should know about the COVID-19 Vaccines
As vaccines become more widely available, it’s important to keep taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Once the vaccine becomes available to you, here’s what you should know, according to Medicare.gov.
January 12th: "Got the Covid-19 vaccine? Don't ditch the mask, experts say"
Almost 400,000 Floridians have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and even 15,000 of them have received their second dose. However, getting the vaccine doesn’t give you 100% immunity. Public health experts are saying to continue doing your part in stopping the spread by social distancing, washing your hands and wearing a mask. Read more here.
December 18th: Memorial Regional Hospital to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Memorial Regional Hospital, one of AP Health’s hospital partners, is one of five hospitals in the state of Florida that will receive the COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks. MHS is prepared to receive and properly store the vaccines and will follow the CDC guidelines to administer them. The care workers who are treating COVID patients are first on the list and then to those working in nursing homes.
November 5th: US Hits 100K+ daily cases for 1st time
On November 4th, the United Stated recorded over 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 which is the largest daily amount recorded since the start of the pandemic. Over twenty states have recorded increasing daily averages as well as increasing hospitalizations. As COVID-19 cases spike, many healthcare facilities are reporting a shortening supply of face masks and PPE again, according to The Wall Street Journal. Is the demand of PEE from fighting the pandemic going to continue to 2021 and beyond?
Sep 25th: Young adults fuel waves of infection to older demographic
The C.D.C has reported a pattern of younger people getting infected with COVID 19 and then then the older generations are getting sick just days later according to the NY Times. As millennials begin to mingle in bars & restaurants again over the summer and subsequently returned to their college campus’ coronavirus infections surged in young adults.
August 25th: First confirmed case of Coronavirus reinfection
A 33-year old man in Hong Kong, China is the first person to be documented contracting the virus a second time. Although his second time having the infection was asymptomatic, researchers are saying this is no reason to panic. This actually suggests that even though getting Coronavirus did not prevent him from reinfection, it enabled his immune system to better fight it the second time around. Read more here for details.
August 3rd: COVID outbreaks in Tennessee shift from Urban to Rural
The Majority of new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee are being documented in the state’s rural areas as opposed to its two metropolitan cities: Nashville and Memphis. A study from Vanderbilt University says that the outbreak started in the more concentrated areas but has shifted out to areas with less healthcare resources. “As a largely rural state, Tennssee stands to be among the states most affected by this shift,” according to the Associated Press.
July 21st: HHS announces Hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots to receive $10B in relief funds
The Heath Resource and Services Administration will begin distributing a second round of government funding starting this week. HHS will determine how much each hospital receives based on the amount of COVID-19 admissions between January 1st-June 10th, 2020. Florida currently has 35 hospitals receiving over $280M as it continues to surge as the nation’s hotspot.
July 17th: COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Florida
As Coronavirus cases continue to soar, only 15% of ICU beds are available in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration
July 10th: South Florida hospitals face Remdesivir shortage as COVID-19 cases continue to Surge
The Health Department told hospital pharmacies that the state has temporarily exhausted all supplies of Remdesivir, one of the few drugs shown to be effective as treating the disease.
July 8th: Memorial Healthcare in South Florida suspends all elective procedures
After careful consideration and review of all recent data including from State of Florida Department of Health, Memorial Healthcare System will cease all elective, non-urgent and non-emergency procedures effective Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. “Memorial Healthcare System is committed to taking care of its community as it monitors the progression of the pandemic in South Florida and continues to manage COVID-19 patients and patients with other non-COVID medical needs.”
July 6th: Over 50 Hospital ICUs in Florida have hit capacity
At least 56 hospital Intensive Care Units in Florida have hit capacity as the Coronavirus pandemic worsens. This data comes from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration as the US passes nearly 3 million confirmed Coronavirus cases.
July 5th: How Partnering with AP Health during a Pandemic has helped Hospitals Avert Financial Loss
Outsourcing clinical staffing to health care companies such as AP Health in the operating room helps hospitals increase efficiency and stabilize financially during COVID-19