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July 30, 2020

Around the nation: Salmonella outbreak has hit 23 states, CDC announces

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    The outbreak has led to 212 cases of infection, and the source of the outbreak has yet to be determined, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    • Georgia: CDC on Friday announced that an outbreak of salmonella has spread to 23 states, causing a total of 212 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations, but zero deaths. The hardest-hit states have been Oregon and Utah, CDC said. The agency has yet to determine the source of the outbreak (Shannon, USA Today, 7/24; Deese, The Hill, 7/25).

    • Ohio: The first 2020 presidential candidate debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, has been moved to Cleveland, where it will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. The University of Notre Dame had been scheduled to host the debate, but the university elected to pull out because the health precautions that would have been needed to protect attendees against the novel coronavirus "would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus," according to Rev. John Jenkins, the school's president (Miller, Associated Press, 7/27; Montellaro, Politico, 7/27).

    • Pennsylvania: Barry Freedman, president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network, announced he will be retiring effective Dec. 31. Freedman has worked at Einstein since 2003 and will continue to work with the health system's board and leadership on certain initiatives after he retires, Einstein said. Ken Levitan, the system's EVP and chief administrative officer, will serve as Einstein's interim CEO upon Freedman's retirement (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/24).

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