TIER 4: Persistent Risk

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RECORDING: Today’s System Operations Update

If you missed today’s update about how we are dealing with the surge of COVID-19 patients, you can watch the recording on The Loop.

Please submit any questions or feedback to covid19questions@uky.edu. These are reviewed to identify concerns that need to be addressed during future operations updates.

Upload your COVID vaccine booster documentation – Feb. 12

While the definition of fully vaccinated continues to be either the two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna) or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination, UK HealthCare is required to track all COVID vaccination information for the groups considered health care workers (see list of groups under vaccine mandate item).

Beginning Feb. 12, all faculty, staff, students and volunteers are required to upload any additional COVID vaccinations received (boosters) to the UK Health Corps Self-Report Tool.

If you have proof of full vaccination now, please ensure the appropriate documents are uploaded to the self-report tool as soon as possible. Remember to upload proof of any future boosters received as well.

CMS vaccine mandate deadlines

A legal challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vaccine mandate for health care workers resulted in a federal injunction in December.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted that injunction, allowing for the vaccination mandate to proceed. New CMS deadlines for the vaccination mandate are as follows:

  • First dose or exemption request by Feb. 12, 2022.
  • Second dose or approved exemption by Mar. 15, 2022.

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Consolidating screening stations in ambulatory locations

Beginning Monday, Jan. 24, we will relocate staff working at eight ambulatory screening locations that are used primarily by employees. The staff will be relocated to busier locations used by patients and visitors in support of our effort to maintain a safe environment of care. Read more…

YMCA programs when schools are closed

Often, when Fayette County Public Schools are closed, the YMCAs at Beaumont and Hamburg will operate virtual learning support for children in kindergarten through age 12. These programs typically fill up very fast once school closure is announced. Keep this information handy for when needed.

Manager tools for COVID exposures and “return to work”

Based on your feedback and questions, we continue to refine our guidelines to manage employee health and protect the work environment. Please review carefully the updated guidance below. Any questions should be directed to Infection Prevention & Control at 859-323-6337.

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CDC COVID-19 interim guidance for health care workers on return to work

The CDC guidance for “return to work” now varies depending upon the conditions in which a health care entity finds itself.

We consider ourselves to be in the contingency state of operations in terms of CDC guidance. We continue to be in Tier 4 of our own operational table, which indicates “Persistent Risk.” Read more…

How Supreme Court ruling impacts us will be carefully considered

Last week, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling lifted lower court injunctions against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) mandate.

The CMS mandate requires COVID vaccination for health care workers. Over the next month, UK HealthCare leaders will be looking at what impact this decision will have on those working at UK HealthCare.

More information on the reinstated mandate will be communicated soon to those who will be impacted.

UK part of national collaboration to study Long COVID-19

The University of Kentucky is participating in a nationwide study that seeks to understand why some people have prolonged symptoms (long COVID) or develop new or returning symptoms after an acute bout of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

UK College of Medicine researchers will enroll more than 80 adult participants from Kentucky: some who have had COVID-19 and others who have not. Participants will be followed for up to four years to identify risk factors and occurrences of Long COVID-19, medically known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).

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