March 16, 2021

Around the nation: CDC updates Covid-19 guidelines for child care providers

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    CDC on Friday released updated guidelines for operating child care programs during America's coronavirus epidemic that underscore the importance of air ventilation, physical distancing, and mask wearing among people ages two and older, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Georgia, and Maryland.

    • Florida: HCA Healthcare has named Kristin Dyer as CFO of its North Florida division. Dyer most recently served as CFO of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals in Virginia and previously served as CFO of Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee. Dyer served in the U.S. Navy for eight years, reaching the rank of Lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/11).
    • Georgia: CDC on Friday released updated guidelines for operating child care programs during America's coronavirus epidemic that underscore the importance of air ventilation, physical distancing, and mask wearing among people ages two and older. CDC in the guidance recommends everyone at least two years old wear a mask when they're around people who don't live in their household—except when they're eating or sleeping—in addition to maintaining physical distance. CDC also recommends that child care providers increase air ventilation in their child care centers or family child care homes by opening doors and windows when it's safe to do so. "Even after child care providers and staff are vaccinated, there will be a need to continue prevention measures for the foreseeable future including wearing masks, physical distancing, and other important prevention strategies," CDC wrote in the guidelines (Axios, 3/13; Howard, CNN, 3/12).
    • Maryland: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (D) on Friday issued an executive order to mandate the city's public health measures intended to curb the coronavirus's transmission, despite Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) decision to lift all capacity restrictions in the state. Under the mayor's order, restaurants and bars will continue to operate at 50% capacity outdoors and 25% indoors, while barber shops, fitness centers, retailers, salons, theaters, religious institutions, and outdoor venues will continue to operate at 25% capacity. "The numbers and public health indicators clearly do not warrant a reopening at the governor's pace at this time," Stefanie Mavronis, a spokesperson for the mayor's office said. "The mayor remains confident in Baltimore's authority to maintain the common sense, local public health mandates currently in place as we continue to navigate this pandemic" (Weixel, The Hill, 3/11; Mann, Baltimore Sun, 3/12).

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