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New Swab Container for Rapid COVID-19 Samples

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A recent manufacturing update to the Abbott IDNow analyzers requires all Rapid COVID-19 swabs to be sent to the lab in a clear specimen tube, provided by the laboratory. Please contact your local laboratory staff if you have any questions. Click here to view an image of the new container.

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Temporary Limited Availability for Nuclear Med. Appointments and Hours

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A global shortage of Tc-99m, the isotope (drug) used for many nuclear medicine exams, will impact nuclear medicine services Monday, November 14, through Monday, November 28.   Limited availability for nuclear medicine appointments, reduced hours, and potential product shortages are expected due to production decreases of international isotope reactors.  Nuclear medicine departments will allocate remaining supplies to provide…

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SOP – Community Transmission Rates and Mask Signage

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There continues to be confusion around masking. To help clarify the policy, a standard operating procedure has been outlined for locations across our system. Monday through Friday, each site has an individual identified to update the signage at the entrances, based on the CDC map of community transmission.  For our 24-7 campuses, signage will be updated…

October 24 Transmission Levels
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October 24 Transmission Levels

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There is an issue with the Power BI Dashboard that sends out automated reports of COVID-19 community transmission levels. While this issue is being resolved, please refer to the CDC’s dashboard for current levels and to determine mask policy.   The CDC’s information can be found by clicking here, or clicking the icon below on the…

Where to View County Transmission Levels
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Where to View County Transmission Levels

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We recently updated our mask policy to align with updated CDC guidance that indicates which healthcare facilities may need to require universal masking for clinicians, patients, and visitors.   This guidance is based on CDC’s community transmission levels, which are subject to change. To make it easy for employees to find that information,  we’ve added the…

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Clarity Around CDC Maps and Mask Usage

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This is to provide additional clarity to the email sent on Thursday, October 13, regarding masks. There were questions related to the CDC maps. The CDC has two different maps addressing different levels of data related to COVID and requisite mask usage: Community levels: This map is used by communities to guide mask usage in…

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Mask Update for Montgomery, Greene, and Darke Counties

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COVID-19 community transmission rates in several of our counties continue to decline.    Based on updated CDC guidance, if community COVID-19 transmission levels are not “high,” healthcare facilities can determine whether to require universal masking for clinicians, patients, and visitors.  Montgomery, Greene, and Darke Counties transmission levels are now down from a high to a substantial…

N95 Fit Testing
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N95 Fit Testing

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Over the course of the past two years, Kettering Health has evolved into a blended N95 and PAPR organization. As a result, OSHA requires annual N95 fit testing to assure we are providing a maximum level of protection to our work force members. To complete the mandatory compliance, we ask required work force members to: Complete an…

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Watch An Evening with Our Stars September 28

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Save the date! On Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m., Kettering Health will host An Evening with Our Stars. This event recognizes employees who live the network’s mission, provide exceptional service, and have reached a milestone year of service. And anyone can tune in on September 28 to watch live! Click here for the link…

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Omicron/ Bivalent COVID Vaccines

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We are writing with a minor revision to our earlier communication about the recently authorized, updated COVID-19 boosters. These boosters have been developed to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and more protective against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.  We are not requiring these boosters; however we do encourage eligible…


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