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
Vaccine Updates: CHA Issues Primer, CDPH to Host Hospital Calls, Statewide Advisory Committee Announced
CDPH Sends Hospitals Enrollment Instructions for COVID-19 Vaccination Program On Nov. 16, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) notified general acute care hospitals via email that its COVID-19 vaccination provider registration system, COVIDReadi, is available for hospitals to complete the registration process. All providers that plan to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines must be enrolled. […]
On its 9 a.m. call this morning with hospitals, the California Department of Public Health will present planning considerations for COVID-19 vaccine implementation. Please refer to this slide deck for the discussion, which will include an overview of the state’s plan, allocation framework, general acute care hospital data, vaccine storage/handling, and provider registration. Please see the call-in […]
Update on Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Authorized for Emergency UseOn Nov. 9, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to a monoclonal antibody therapy called bamlanivimab, produced by Eli Lilly and Company, for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. The federal government has purchased 320,000 doses through the end of 2020; the […]
The Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs will host an additional webinar on the updated guidance for its interim final rule on COVID-19 data reporting requirements tomorrow, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. (PT). The webinar will include time for Q&A.
Following the approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of emergency use authorization for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will cover monoclonal antibody therapies, with no beneficiary cost-sharing for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
CDPH to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Call for Hospitals This WeekThe California Department of Public Health will host a call with general acute care hospitals on Nov. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. (PT) to discuss various aspects of COVID-19 vaccine planning and implementation. Discussion will include an overview of the state’s plan, allocation framework, general acute care […]
CHA Submits Hospital Surge Preparation Recommendations to State LeadershipThe recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide mean hospitals must be ready for surges of patients in need of care during the fall and winter. In anticipation of COVID-19 patient surges, CHA submitted a list of hospitals’ most pressing needs to the California Health and Human Services […]
CHA has issued a summary of the recently published fourth interim final rule with comment period on policies and regulatory flexibilities available for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
CHA/CDPH Guide Designed to Assist Hospitals in Submitting COVID-19 DataCHA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have collaborated on a data reporting guide to assist hospitals in submitting data to the CHA COVID-19 Tracking Tool. The guide includes data submission instructions and data dictionary clarifications that can help hospitals comply with changes to the state […]