California is experiencing a tripledemic.
COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have hit the state hard. California hospitals have seen distressing numbers. The amount of patients with COVID-19 has jumped, and hospitals are seeing similar trends with influenza and RSV.
The rising case numbers led to shortages of over-the-counter medicines at some pharmacies, as people bought the products faster than stores could replace them. COVID-19 continued to spread, along with the flu and RSV, creating a three-pronged perfect storm.
This tripledemic affected school and work attendance, travel plans and, of course, hospitals. It threatened to overwhelm health care centers and limit patient access to essential care.
Despite these challenges — more children needing care because of RSV, rising flu cases, and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — hospitals continued their life-saving work to care for patients.
As California’s hospitals continue their life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital associations continue to advocate on behalf of hospitals and their patients, in addition to offering these tools and resources:
Streamlining data with the COVID-19 Tracking Tool
Frequently asked questions
COVID-19 Surges: FAQs & Resources for Hospitals
State and federal advocacy efforts
Innovation in the Time of COVID: A Video Series
Planning for the End of the Public Health Emergency
Moderna Vaccine Shipments to Begin Today In a Dec. 18 webinar for hospitals and other vaccinators, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicated that it anticipates having 40% of the first doses needed to vaccinate Phase 1-A populations for California by Dec. 28. These total 1.2 million doses and are for the 3 million […]
HHS Begins Distributing Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distribution of $24.5 billion in Phase 3 Provider Relief Funds to 70,000 providers today. Recipients were required to apply for this Phase 3 general distribution. The application process allocates these payments first to providers that have […]
CHA Request for State Support on COVID-19 Response As part of our ongoing work to secure support from the state to maximize hospitals’ ability to treat patients needing acute and intensive care during the ongoing COVID-19 surge, CHA sent a formal request to the Governor’s Office and the California Health and Human Services Agency on Dec. 13. CHA […]
CDPH Announces Expedited Process for Nurse Staffing Ratio Waivers The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is now offering an expedited option for hospitals to flex the nurse staffing ratios. This process, which took effect immediately with the release of All-Facilities Letter 20-26.4, means hospitals can use certain alternative measures as soon as they submit the waiver […]
On Dec. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing, modifying the recommended quarantine time for exposed individuals.
Initial Vaccine Allocation Guidelines Released; CDPH to Hold Office Hours Dec. 11 On Dec. 5, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its recommended guidelines for allocating the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1-A of statewide distribution. The guidelines were developed by California’s COVID-19 Drafting Guidelines Workgroup and Community Vaccine Advisory Committee using a phased approach to allocating the initially limited […]
Today, Gov. Newsom announced a new, voluntary app called CA Notify that will launch statewide on Dec. 10. It’s designed to quickly notify individuals when they’ve been in sustained contact (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The app does not share personal data or provide unnecessary digital details that could compromise privacy.
This is how the app, which is available for download, works:
Testing Plan Deadline Extended by CDPH until Dec. 14As CHA continues to work with CDPH to address the many questions members have, the department is developing FAQs on the testing recommendations that it released in All-Facilities Letter 20-88. CDPH has notified CHA that those FAQs, which had been slated for release by end of day Dec. […]
CDPH Issues Weekly Testing Recommendation for Hospital Health Care Staff; CHA Members-Only Webinar Dec. 3 Despite CHA’s request to postpone a weekly testing recommendation for hospital health care personnel, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released that recommendation in All-Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-88 on Nov. 25. CDPH expects general acute care hospitals to submit a testing plan to […]