March 24, 2020

The dashboard, developed by the state's Department of Health and Human Services Office of Analytics, features a searchable database with information on the number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed, test results, demographics of patients with confirmed cases of the disease, and more, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Michigan, and Nevada.

  • Colorado: Kristen Dirksen and Brady Heuer, OR nurses at Colorado's Valley View Hospital, last week assembled a small team of nurses to sew facemasks for health care workers, as the hospital's supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) shrinks. The nurses created about 200 makeshift masks within 24 hours by sewing straps onto leftover sterile surgical wraps and adding pipe cleaners to serve as a nose piece. Dirksen said, "This creation that we're making will help extend that burn rate so we can selectively choose when to use the FDA-approved N95 masks and surgical masks and when to use the masks that we're creating here" (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/20).

  • Michigan: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) President and CEO Daniel Loepp in a memo sent Thursday to all BCBSM offices announced that it would close all offices throughout the state from last Friday through Monday to clean and sanitize the facilities, after concerns emerged that two BCBSM employees were infected with the new coronavirus. Loepp said the closures—which included the AF Group, Emerging Markets and LifeSecure offices in Michigan—would "enable us to do a deep cleaning in employee workplaces." Loepp asked all employees to stay at home during the closure and said they would be paid for the days the offices were closed (Greene, Crain's Detroit Business/Modern Healthcare, 3/20).

  • Nevada: Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last week launched a dashboard on the state's Health Response Center website for users to access data on COVID-19 cases in the state. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The dashboard, developed by DHHS' Office of Analytics, features a searchable database with information on the number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed in the state, test results, deaths related to COVID-19, and demographics of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. The dashboard, which officials will update daily, also allows users to compare data based on test locations and results (Park, Becker's Health IT, 3/20).

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