10/19/21: CMS Working With OSHA to Issue Staff Vaccine Mandate, On Track For Late October
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the “rulemaking” stage of its development of a federal vaccine mandate for all health care workers employed by Medicare or Medicaid funded facilities, according to a CMS official. Read More

10/19/21: COCA Call: CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity. What Clinicians Need to Know about the Recent Updates to CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters. This COCA Call will provide an overview of the most recent recommendations for administering COVID-19 booster vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide updates about the latest recommendations and clinical considerations for administering COVID-19 boosters. Webinar October 26, 2021 - What Clinicians Need to Know about the Recent Updates to CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters

10/13/21: Nebraska Data: All Nebraska Data can be found on the DHHS website for Hospital Capacity at: https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx Updated metrics for COVID-19 Variants of Concern are reported by DHHS every Wednesday. Vaccine Breakthroughs are reported monthly for the previous calendar month. 

Statewide Vaccine Breakthroughs (01/01/2021 – 09/25/2021)

  • 84,234 Cases – Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 10,699 Cases – Fully Vaccinated
  • 3,403 Hospitalizations – Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 301 Hospitalizations – Fully Vaccinated
  • 922 Deaths – Not Fully Vaccinated
  • 83 Deaths – Fully Vaccinated

County Statistics for COVID 19 Case Rate Last 14 days can be found at: https://datanexus-dhhs.ne.gov/views/Covid/1_CountyStatisticsMap?%3AisGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&%3Aembed=y

For Nursing Facility Testing Guidelines, please refer to the new testing guidelines from CMS based on county positivity (QSO-20-38-NH Revised). Each county positivity rate will need to be run separately for the county from the CDC COVID Data Tracker

10/19/21: National Nursing Home Data: The Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File includes data reported by nursing homes to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Module: Surveillance Reporting Pathways and COVID-19 Vaccinations. 

  • National Percent of Vaccinated Residents per Facility: 85.3%
  • National Percent of Vaccinated Staff per Facility: 69.2%
  • Total Resident COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: 706,248
  • Total Resident COVID-19 Deaths: 137,678
  • Total Staff COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: 655,128
  • Total Staff COVID-19 Deaths: 2,101

10/19/21: Mix and Match COVID Boosters: Why They Just Might Work The FDA may authorize booster shots of vaccines different from the ones that Americans originally received. The science behind the move is promising.Mix-and-Match Covid Boosters: Why They Just Might Work - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

10/19/21: Delta Plus: New mutation of Delta variant under close watch in UK. Officials are keeping a close watch on a new descendant of the Delta variant of Covid that is causing a growing number of infections. Covid-19: New mutation of Delta variant under close watch in UK - BBC News

10/19/21: Provider Relief Fund Webinars & Resources

HRSA Phase 4 and ARP Rural PRF Application Resources-https://www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief/future-payments

PRF Application and Attestation Portal for applying for Phase 4 and Rural PRF Funds-https://cares.linkhealth.com/#/PRF

Be sure all information for the application is the same as it is in the W9 form EXACTLY. All providers should apply for the rural funds, as this is determined by where your program participants live and you only need to have one participant from a rural area in order to qualify for some funds.  

Webinars will be held on:

• Thursday, October 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET – https://webex.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1501162&tp_key=4282df37c3