Affirmant Health Partners: COVID-19 August 26, 2020 Weekly Update

August 26, 2020

The current healthcare landscape is rapidly changing. We understand the extraordinary challenges our Members face daily and how difficult it can be to keep up with the most recent COVID-19 developments. With this weekly newsletter, we will provide you the latest news trending in healthcare.

If you haven't visited our site in a while, we have also added a few new focus areas:

  • Children and COVID-19
  • Resuming Care
  • PPE
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19

We hope you find it useful and would greatly appreciate your feedback, needs, and suggestions at


Here's What is Trending Now | August 26, 2020

Resuming Care

AHA: Three Considerations for Restarting Surgical Service During the Pandemic (08/18/20) The authors explain that most elective surgical cases fall somewhere between vital preventive measures (e.g., colonoscopy screenings) and essential surgery (e.g., cataract surgery) and that clinical research across surgical specialties demonstrates worse patient outcomes and higher costs when these treatments are delayed. They offered several strategies that health care leaders can employ to meet their clinical goals while striving for better operational efficiency and equity in access to care.


Filtration Efficiency Performance of Non-NIOSH-Approved International Respiratory Protective Devices: Phase One (08/18/20) This report summarizes the filtration performance results from the assessments that took place as a result of the initial Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss important considerations when purchasing non-NIOSH approved international respiratory devices temporarily authorized for occupational use in the United States.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19

Disparities in Incidence of COVID-19 Among Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups in Counties Identified as Hotspots During June 5–18, 2020 — 22 States, February–June 2020 (08/21/20) Among 79 counties identified as hotspots during June 5–18, 2020 that also had sufficient data on race, a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases among underrepresented racial/ethnic groups occurred in almost all areas during February–June 2020. Identifying health disparities in COVID-19 hotspot counties can inform testing and prevention efforts. Addressing the pandemic’s disproportionate incidence among communities of color can improve community-wide health outcomes related to COVID-19.