An Academic–Health Department Community Partnership to Expand Disease Investigation and Contact Tracing Capacity and Efficiency During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This article describes an innovative disease investigation and contact tracing program developed through a formalized community partnership between a local county health department and local university. This innovative new program added 108 contact tracers to the county's public health workforce, as well as enabled these contact tracers to work remotely using a call center app and secure cloud-based platform to manage the county's caseload of cases and contacts. An overview of the requirements needed to develop this program (eg, hiring, health data security protocols, data source management), as well as lessons learned is discussed.
Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

Related Links:

When Jeremy Luban first looked over the genetic sequence of the Omicron variant on his phone one day last November, it was five o’clock in the morning. But even at that hour, the University of Massachusetts virus expert knew right away Omicron was a problem. First, there was the sheer number of new mutations—by some counts, as many as 50, with 30 of them in the critical places that vaccines and drug treatments target. Second, this new version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus seemed to appear out of nowhere, unpredictably and with no immediately obvious connection to previous variants. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”tru...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news
Authors'conclusions Our review suggests that a broad range of measures implemented in the school setting can have positive impacts on the transmission of SARS ‐CoV‐2, and on healthcare utilisation outcomes related to COVID‐19. The certainty of the evidence for most intervention‐outcome combinations is very low, and the true effects of these measures are likely to be substantially different from those reported here. Measures implemented in the scho ol setting may limit the number or proportion of cases and deaths, and may delay the progression of the pandemic. However, they may also lead to negative unintended conse...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
In conclusion, the oral LTB-adjuvanted multi-epitope SARS-CoV-2 vaccine triggered versatile humoral, cellular and mucosal immune responses, which are likely to provide protection, while also minimizing technical hurdles presently limiting global vaccination, whether by priming or booster programs.PMID:35078662 | DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.01.025
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
In this study we assess the potential of a vaccine formulation based on the recombinant RBD domain of SARS-CoV-2 expressed in the thermophilic filamentous fungal strain Thermothelomyces heterothallica and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein. Functional humoral and cellular immune responses were detected in mice. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the immune evaluation of a biomedical product obtained in the fungal strain T. heterothallica. These results together with the intrinsic advantages of this expression platform support its use for the development of biotechnology products for medical purpose.PMID:35...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2022 Jan 26. doi: 10.23822/EurAnnACI.1764-1489.243. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTAt the beginning of Sars-Cov 2 pandemic, in the absence of "targeted" therapies, the national health authorities have introduced some measures aimed at reducing the spread of infection in the community (lockdown, social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), personal hygiene and disinfection of living environments). All the containment measures have led to both positive and negative effects in patients with allergic diseases. We believe that further studies should be undertaken to investigate ...
Source: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The importance of brachytherapy is widely recognized for conferring a survival benefit, but barriers to implementation include inadequate training or maintenance of skills, and larger systematic issues related to reimbursement policy, social support, and financial hardship. As most established providers were uninterested in additional brachytherapy training, future approaches to improve patients' access should be multidimensional and reflect the value of brachytherapy in definitive treatment of patients with LACC.PMID:35079247 | PMC:PMC8782067 | DOI:10.5114/jcb.2021.112112
Source: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions OP/Na swabbing is acceptable and repeatable in schoolchildren as young as 4 years old and may combat noncompliance rates by significantly increasing the acceptability of testing. This kind of minimally-invasive testing will be key to the success of ongoing, voluntary mass screening as society adjusts to a new ‘normal’ in the face of COVID-19. Trial registration number Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry—ACTRN12620000922976.
Source: BMJ Open - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Open access, Public health, COVID-19 Source Type: research
In conclusion, perinatal medication use was highly prevalent during the first pandemic wave, underlining the importance of maintaining counseling efforts on medication use, even in times of disrupted healthcare services and/or limited resources.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
In this study, we utilized data from routine respiratory virus testing requests from physicians and examined circulation of 11 other respiratory viruses in Southern China, from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. A total of 58,169 throat swabs from patients with acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) were collected and tested. We found that while the overall activity of respiratory viruses was lower during the period with stringent NPIs, virus activity rebounded shortly after the NPIs were relaxed and social activities resumed. Only influenza was effectively suppressed with very low circulation which extended to the ...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
New Brunswick, N.J. (January 25, 2022) – Johnson &Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced results for fourth-quarter and full year 2021. “Our 2021 performance reflects continued strength across all segments of our business. Guided by Our Credo, I am honored to assume the role of CEO, leading our global teams in continuing our work to deliver life-changing solutions to consumers, patients, and health care providers” said Joaquin Duato, Chief Executive Officer. “Given our strong results, financial profile, and innovative pipeline we are well positioned for success in 2022 and beyond.” OVERALL FI...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Financial Source Type: news
More News: COVID-19 | Health Management | Infectious Diseases | International Medicine & Public Health | Lessons | Pandemics | Partnerships | SARS