Around the nation: Around the nation: Lettuce-linked E. Coli outbreak 'appears to be over,' CDC says

Bite-sized health care and hospital news

The agency tallied 62 cases of the illness in 16 states and Washington, D.C., since October, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.

  • Georgia: CDC on Wednesday announced that an E. Coli outbreak in romaine lettuce "appears to be over." The agency said 62 cases of the illness have been reported across 16 states and Washington, D.C., since October, including 25 individuals who were hospitalized. There were no deaths related to the outbreak, according to CDC (Weixel, The Hill, 1/9).

  • Illinois: Rush System for Health has partnered with AT&T to become what Rush believes is the first hospital system in the United Sates to use a standards-based 5G network in a health care setting. Rush CIO and SVP Shafiq Rab said, "We strongly believe 5G is a game-changing technology that when fully implemented will help us support better hospital operations as well as provide the highest quality patient and staff experience." Compared with its predecessors, 5G allows for new communications technologies and affords a major increase in transfer speeds, according to Healthcare IT News (Harris, Healthcare IT News, 1/8).

  • Michigan: A grocery store opened Monday at Bronson Methodist Hospital's campus in downtown Kalamazoo. The micro-grocery store has fresh produce and is open to the public every day. The store will serve as a source of healthy food in an area the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research recently labeled as a food desert (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/9).

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