Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

These webinars and podcasts are part of SHEA's Rapid Response Program - Confronting RAPID emerging issues, cutting edge science, and unanswered questions to keep you prepared for RESPONSE.


SHEA COVID-19 Town Halls

SHEA members are actively responding to COVID-19 and we want to provide a platform to share ideas and ask questions with SHEA colleagues during this pandemic. Several SHEA Board Members will serve as experts and discuss the frequently asked questions, based on what they are doing locally. The goal is to enable as much sharing of ideas as possible as we are all in this together.

The recorded webinars and presentation slides are available within this course. 

Advising Schools During COVID-19: Healthcare Epidemiology & Implementation Science

This webinar, with three SHEA leaders and experts in implementation science, who have advised school districts in opening for in-person instruction during the pandemic, gives insights into potential roles for healthcare epidemiologist, how to manage one's involvement as a subject matter expert, ways to empower school systems and faculty to implement prevention practices, and how to help schools prioritize, communicate with staff, students, and parents about risk, and how to access and leverage local resources. 

Implementation of Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) for COVID-19

Electronic case reporting (eCR) is a key component of the data strategy for COVID-19 as well as routine disease reporting and outbreak management. eCR can eliminate manual reporting and decrease the burden on healthcare providers, allowing them to spend more time on patient care and other critical priorities. When COVID-19 presented, eCR was just being rolled out by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the American Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was in operation in a limited number of pilot sites. The eCR team developed a strategy, eCR Now, for rapid deployment to quickly meet COVID-19 reporting needs in the short term and to prepare participants for full electronic case reporting in real time.

Since COVID-19 reporting began, eCR Now has onboarded more than 6,100 clinical care facilities and has connected all state public health agencies to receive electronic case reports. In this webinar, we will discuss the value of making case reporting electronic, the eCR Now strategy for rapidly onboarding health systems, the eCR Now FHIR App for providing eCR capabilities to EHRs that otherwise do not have it, and the policy framework for operating eCR.

Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness

This webinar will address what healthcare facilities/providers can do in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to decrease the risk of outbreaks, especially regarding novel respiratory viruses. The role of planning and simulation will be discussed, as well as the need to train healthcare workers to utilize PPE correctly.

Podcast Series

COVID-19 Updates: What We Know Now

This podcast series highlights changes in the novel coronavirus outbreak and updates in the medical literature. Each week's episode will include a summary of important news items, a brief summary of medical literature and guidelines on infection prevention that have been published related to COVID-19, and will include discussion around the latest and most important questions surrounding the outbreak.

We’re all in this Together: COVID-19 Allies in Infection Prevention

This podcast series focuses on the collaborative efforts and opportunities for different disciplines to address and confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Each week's episode will include discussion around what different organizations are doing to address COVID-19, what have been the biggest challenges, what changes have been made, and what opportunities there are to work together to handle the pandemic. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Answer frequently asked questions surrounding the Novel Coronavirus
  • Describe steps that can be taken to decrease future outbreaks
  • Identify gaps in current planning
  • Discuss lessons learned from prior outbreaks
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