Year: 2021

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12/30 Update to COVID-19 mAb (REGEN-COV) Restrictions

As you may be aware, the Department of Health and Human Services has placed a pause on the allocation of REGEN-COV and bamlanivimab/etesevimab based on data indicating they are unlikely to retain activity against the Omicron variant. We will not obtain any additional shipments of either COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) at this time. A request has been placed for sotrovimab, but exact allocation…

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COVID-19 Infusion Center Update

With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in our area, and the shrinking number of facilities opting to give monoclonal antibodies, the Kettering Health COVID-19 Infusion Center has been in high demand. Please be advised that this may cause delays in treatment and appointments as the Infusion Center is working to prioritize high-risk cases among…

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New Kettering Health Isolation Guidance for Employees with COVID-19 or Symptoms of COVID-19

The CDC has revised its recommendations for isolation for a positive COVID-19 test. This science-based change was made because SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted mostly in the one-to-two days before symptoms begin until two-to-three days after symptoms began. If someone shows symptoms of COVID-19 with or without known exposure: Leader removes employee from work and employee notifies Employee Health of illness. …

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12-29 Update to COVID-19 mAb (REGEN-COV) Restrictions

As you may be aware, the Department of Health and Human Services has placed a pause on the allocation of REGEN-COV and bamlanivimab/etesevimab based on data indicating they are unlikely to retain activity against the Omicron variant. Kettering Health will not obtain any additional shipments of either COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) at this time. A…

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Order for POC Testing for COVID-19

There is a need for COVID-19 testing in the ambulatory space, so we are rolling out point-of-care testing within some of the KPN practices.   To utilize the point of care testing, an accompanied Epic order has been added. The order is POCT SARS-CoV-2 order set (POC21013), and will be live on Wednesday, December 29 at 9 a.m. for those practices that have started…

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Important Information on Omicron Variant

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has become the dominant strain in Ohio. There may also be subtle differences in the symptoms between Omicron and Delta to be aware of:  Sore throat, nasal/sinus congestion, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches are common initial symptoms of Omicron.  There is a shorter incubation period with onset of symptoms—often within 2-3 days of…

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12-22 Update to COVID-19 mAb (REGEN-COV) Restrictions

The department of Health and Human Services has placed therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (i.e. REGEN-COV, bamlanivimab/etesevimab) for COVID-19 treatment on state-administered allocation. The Ohio Department of Health will allocate weekly supply to hospitals and health systems based on case count and supply availability. Kettering Health is constantly reviewing restrictions of COVID-19 treatments based on supply chain…

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