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A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, July 14, 2020 | comments

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July 14, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the agency’s plan to deploy Quality Improvement Organizations across to country to assist nursing homes in hotspot areas with their COVID-19 response.

  • I have co-sponsored H.R.7254 - Infection Control Training and Support Act of 2020 which would ensure that Quality Improvement Organizations have adequate funding to provide the needed assistance to nursing homes.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a COVID-19 Strategic Plan outlining an accelerated plan for developing vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for COVID-19.

  • The NIH also published a study on why COVID-19 has rarely been found in fetuses or newborns.

The Center for Disease Control and Preventions released guidance for emergency medical planners and health care facilities on identifying relief health care facilities and using medical operation coordination cells to improve surge capacity and resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Texas Updates
Texas is seeking health care staff and volunteers to help hospitals overcome staffing shortages as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Retired and other available health care professionals are encouraged to volunteer their expertise through the state’s registry.

  • Texas hospitals can request volunteers here.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services issued guidance to help health care facilities address staffing issues.

The Department of Health and Human Services is projected to give $325 million to 25 additional safety net hospitals in Texas, and an additional $1 billion for rural-designated hospitals in urban areas and others in non-rural communities.

The Department of Defense has activated additional U.S. Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to assist the Texas’ efforts to combat COVID-19. Teams of medical and support professionals have already been deployed throughout the state.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.

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Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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