COVID-19 Weekly Updates

These updates have been provided by the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force, which was formed to enhance communications with our members and more rapidly respond to updates. The weekly update is emailed to ACHA members each Wednesday. Non-members can subscribe to receive these and other messages here.

November 2020

November 18, 2020 [pdf]

  • ACHA COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting -- Program and CE Information Now Available
  • Recordings Available:
    • Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine
    • Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
  • Tracking COVID-19 in the United States: Progress and Opportunities
  • SARS CoV-2 Transmission Among Marine Recruits During Quarantine 
  • Being HIV Positive Increases Risk of Death from COVID-19 
  • Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 
  • Is Low Mask Wearing in Rural Communities a Sign of Poor Health Messaging? 
  • Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States 
  • Implementation of a Pooled Surveillance Testing Program for Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections on a College Campus-Duke University 
  • Rapid Testing May be Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit 
  • Using, Interpreting, and Responding to COVID-19 Antigen Tests 
  • FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home 
  • Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
  • IAC to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation Webinar 
  • Virtual ACIP Meeting: November 23
  • How One Campus Has Helped Keep Area Positivity Rates Low 
  • NCAA Issues Updated Return to Sport Guidelines 
  • ASTHO Guide for Responding to the Media
  • Mental Health or Essential Retail Workers
  • Mobility Network Models of COVID-19 Explain Inequities and Inform Reopening 

November 11, 2020 [pdf]

  • Registration Open for:
    • Registration Open: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
    • Registration Open: ACHA COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting
  • CDC Updates
  • What We've Learned About How COVID-19 Spreads 
  • Persistent Symptoms, Especially Cough and Dyspnea, Common in Patients During COVID-19 
  • High Prevalence of Pericardial Involvement in College Student Athletes Recovering from
  • COVID-19 
  • Children Produce Weaker Coronavirus Antibodies 
  • FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibody for Treatment of Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 
  • Seven Ways to Fix this Pandemic and Stop the Next One 
  • Prevent Epidemics Weekly Science Review 
  • Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 Cuts Viral Load, Medical Visits 
  • Potential for False Positive Results with Antigen Tests for Rapid Detection 
  • What Are All the Different Kinds of COVID-19 Tests? 
  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Operational Guidance
  • Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Data Show 90% Efficacy in Early Results 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Ethical Complexities  
  • College Campuses
  • One in Five COVID-19 Patients Diagnosed with a Mental Illness Within 3 Months of Testing Positive 
  • Suicide Prevention Symposium: Mental Health in the Changing Higher Education Landscape 
  • Doctors Worry Coronavirus Pandemic May Hit LGBTQ+ People Harder Than Most 
  • Telehealth During COVID-19: Does Everyone Have Equal Access? 

November 4, 2020 [pdf]

  • Registration Open for:
    • Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine
    • Registration Open: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
    • Registration Open: ACHA COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting
  • CDC Partner Update November 9, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Safety Overview
  • CDC Updates “Interim Guidance for Routine and Influenza Immunization Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • CDC Provides Influenza Update MMWR: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Households
  • With Cases Rising, What Policymakers Need to Know
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 and the Athletic Heart: Emerging Perspectives on Pathology, Risks, and Return to Play
  • JAMA's Q&A Series: Coronavirus Update with Anthony Fauci
  • MMWR: COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors by Age Group
  • Higher Rates of Masking Could Prevent 130,000 Deaths
  • Using N95 Masks for More than Two Days May Increase Failure Rate
  • Ensuring a Resilient U.S. Prescription Drug Supply
  • Testing Turnaround Time Decreases but Remains Too Slow
  • States Undercount Positive Rapid Tests, Masking the Spread of Disease
  • A Rapid Virus Test Falters in People Without Symptoms, Study Finds
  • AAMC Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing: The Current State and the Way Forward
  • Moderna Finishes Enrollment for Phase 3 Trial
  • JAMA's Q&A Series: Vaccine Update with Paul A. Offit, MD
  • IAC Mass Vaccination Website and Webinar Recording Available
  • ACHA Brief: Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education as Students Return Home
  • What Counts as Success in a COVID Semester?
  • The Case for Campus Chief Health Officers
  • Latinx COVID-19 Health Inequities Report: Insights for the Health Care Field
  • Excess Death Rate Disproportionately Impacted People of Color

October 2020

October 28, 2020 [pdf]

  • Recording Available: Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine—Systems for Small, Medium and Large Colleges and Universities
  • Registration Open: Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine
  • Registration Open: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
  • ACHA COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting
  • CDC Expands Definition of Close Contacts
  • CDC Updates on Testing Clinical Specimens
  • MMWR: COVID-19 Outbreak Among a University’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams — Chicago, Illinois, July–August 2020
  • Mask Mandate Effectiveness
  • Our Evolving COVID-19 Response 
  • ACMT Webinar Series  
  • CDC Vaccine Updates and Recommendations 
  • Vaccine Confidence
  • Colleges Turn to Wastewater Testing in an Effort to "Flush" Out the Coronavirus 
  • College Hotspots Cooling Down
  • Staying Engaged with Mental Health:  A Student Toolkit

October 21, 2020 [pdf]

  • ACHA Survey on the Effects of COVID-19 on Campus—Deadline Extended One More Week to October 26
  • Registration Open: Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine—Systems for Small, Medium and Large Colleges and Universities
  • Registration Open: Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine
  • Registration Open: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
  • CDC Updates Vaccine Information for Providers and the Public
  • Hospital Preparedness for a COVID-19 Surge 
  • Remdesivir Shown to Reduce Recovery Time but Not Reduce Risk of Death
  • EUA Requests for Antibody Treatments
  • Ventilation and Air Filtration Play a Key Role in Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Indoors 
  • Gender Differences in COVID-19 Attitudes and Behavior 
  • NFID, ACHA, and NASN Webinar on Importance of Routine Vaccinations 
  • Vaccine Czar on Release of Vaccine Data and Approvals
  • Answering Key Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Understanding How Overdispersion Works in Controlling COVID-19  
  • Testing Commons 
  • Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 
  • Preparing Campuses to Prevent a COVID-Flu Twindemic 
  • Helping Hands Need a Break Too: How to Lend Support Without Burning Out 

October 14, 2020 [pdf]


  • Recording Available: SARS-CoV-2 Testing Webinar
  • Registration Open: Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine—Systems for Small, Medium and Large Colleges and Universities
  • Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine
  • CDC Expands COVID-19 Risk Warning to Include Overweight People
  • Transmission Dynamics by Age Group in COVID-19 Hotspot Counties
  • Factors Influencing Risk for COVID-19 Exposure Among Young Adults Aged 18-23 Years—Winnebago County, Wisconsin, March–July 2020
  • First Confirmed U.S. Cases of COVID-19 Reinfections
  • COVID-19 Predict Dashboard
  • PPE Preservation Planning Toolkit
  • Characteristics Associated with Adults Remembering to Wash Hands in Multiple Situations Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Coronavirus Regulations: A State-by-State Week in Review
  • Two Major Vaccine Trials Paused for Safety Reasons
  • Webinar: Coronavirus Vaccine Update From the FDA
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Seven Looming Questions About the Rollout of a COVID-19 Vaccine
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Guide to COVID-19 Tests and Testing
  • A Testing Expert Breaks Down The Different COVID-19 Tests and Their Pros and Cons
  • Spotlight on Three Colleges Who Are Controlling COVID-19
  • Campus Guidebook—Slowing the Spread at U.S. Colleges and Universities
  • College and University Presidents Respond to COVID-19: 2020 Fall Term Survey
  • Recommendations for Higher Education Institutions and Employers on Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being of Students of Color
  • Student Mental Health Survey

October 7, 2020 [pdf]


  • Recording Available: Wastewater Surveillance Webinar
  • Registration Now Open: SARS-CoV-2 Testing Webinar
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • CDC Updates Information on How COVID-19 Spreads
  • Updated Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education
  • How Long Might Immunity Last?
  • Adolescent with COVID-19 as the Source of an Outbreak at a 3-Week Family Gathering
  • Case Series of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults (MIS-A) Associated with SARS-CoV-2 Infection UK and US. Mar-Aug 2020
  • Flu Vaccine 2020-2021 Recommendations
  • IAC “Mass Vaccination Clinics: Challenges and Best Practices” Webinar
  • CDC Mass Vaccination Guidance
  • Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • From Diagnostics to Screening: U.S. Testing Calculator, Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Campus Guidebook—Slowing the Spread at U.S. Colleges and Universities
  • Most Colleges Don't Have Widespread Testing
  • The Risk Universities Can't Not Take
  • Six Steps for a Safe Fall Commencement
  • Extending the Reach of Mental Health Therapy
  • New Study on COVID-19's Disproportionate Impact on Vulnerable Communities

September 2020

September 30, 2020 [pdf]


  • ACHF and Hologic Webinar
  • MMWR: Recent Increases in COVID-19 Cases Reported Among Adults Aged 18-22
  • MMWR Update: Characteristics of Health Care Personnel (HCP) with COVID-19 Feb 12-July 16
  • Scientists Work on Nasal Spray that Could Stop COVID-19 Virus Replicating
  • Webinar: Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, Fri Oct 2 10-11AM EDT
  • Axios-Ipsos Poll: Americans Won't Take Trump's Word on Vaccine
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • Spotlight on the Broad Institute
  • Too Early to Tell if College Students Spread COVID-19 Beyond Campuses?
  • College Success Stories
  • College Restarts and Rise in COVID-19 in Young Adults
  • Colleges Hiring Students as COVID 19 Safety Influencers
  • COVID-19's Psychological Impact Gets a Name
  • MMWR: Disparities in COVID-19 Incidence, Hospitalizations, and Testing by Area Level Deprivation

September 23, 2020 [pdf]


  • ACHA COVID-19 Taskforce “Ask the Expert": Wastewater Surveillance
  • (Re)Introducing Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on SARS-CoV-2 Deaths Those <21 CDC COVID-19
  • Science Update Library
  • Preparing for the Second Wave Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Review of Viral, Host, and Transmission Factors
  • Ten Clinical Tips for Health Care Providers Medical Device Hazard Report on Imported N95-Style Masks
  • Rutgers' Quick Method to Decontaminate N95 Masks
  • Vaccine Resistance Grows
  • Major Vaccine Developers Release Detailed Protocols
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • MMWR Early Release on Contact Tracing in Two North Carolina Counties
  • SARS CoV-2 Reference Panel Comparative Data
  • Considerations for Monitoring and Evaluation of Mitigation Strategies Implemented in IHEs
  • Health Experts Push Back Against Undercurrent of Pessimism about College Reopenings
  • College COVID-19 Dashboards
  • Mitigating the Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness

September 16, 2020 [pdf]


  • COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting ACHA COVID-19 Taskforce “Ask the Expert": Wastewater Surveillance
  • (Re)Introducing Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era
  • ACHA’s Third COVID-19 Survey Report Now Available
  • Substantial Underestimation of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the U.S.
  • MMWR on Dining Out
  • According to Fauci, 40-45% of Infections Are Asymptomatic
  • Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker
  • Clinical Outcomes in Young Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19
  • Network for Excellence in Health Innovation Vaccine Summit Series
  • Paul Offit's Biggest Vaccine Concerns
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach Webinar Series
  • British Company Launches 20-Second Test
  • SUNY Launches COVID Dashboard for Entire System
  • Gen Z Is Taking the Pandemic Seriously
  • Campuses Fueling Nation’s Hottest Outbreaks
  • The Rise of Firearm Suicide in Young Americans
  • COVID-19 Disparities in Nutrition and Obesity
  • Racial, Economic, and Health Inequality and COVID-19 Infection in the U.S.

September 9, 2020 [pdf]


  • COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting
  • ACHF and Hologic Webinar
  • Coronavirus on Surfaces: What's the Real Risk?
  • Small Gatherings Quietly Emerge as Source of COVID-19 Infections
  • Drug Companies Try to Reassure the Public About Vaccine Safety
  • AstraZeneca Halts Phase 3 Vaccine Study
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • GuideSafe System in Alabama
  • Rapid Testing and a Return to Normal
  • Apple Google Build Virus Tracing Tech Directly into Phones
  • America Needs a Coherent Asymptomatic Testing Strategy
  • Modeling COVID-19 Spread in Small Colleges
  • JED Foundation POV on Student Mental Health and Well-Being
  • ACHA Virtual Summit “Closing the Gap: Strategies to Promote Health Equity and Racial Justice on Campus”

September 2, 2020 [pdf]


  • Call for Programs for the ACHA COVID-19 Virtual Summit 2: 344 Days and Counting
  • Duration of SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity: When Is it Safe to Discontinue Isolation?
  • Bradykinin Hypothesis and COVID-19
  • Humoral Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland
  • Modeling the Onset of Symptoms of COVID-19
  • The Path Out of the Pandemic
  • Prevent Epidemics’ Mask Guidance Playbook
  • CDC Updates Mask Guidance
  • Is the Six Foot Rule Outdated?
  • FDA Cautions Health Care Providers on Protective Barrier Enclosures
  • Wastewater Surveillance Worked
  • Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine
  • FDA Commissioner Willing to Fast Track Vaccine
  • Vaccine Allocation
  • New York Times Vaccine Tracker
  • CDC Director Redfield Clarifies Controversial Testing Guidelines
  • CDC Updates Contact Tracing Plan
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Donates Diagnostic Equipment to HBCUs
  • Tracking Coronavirus Cases at U.S. Colleges and Universities
  • College Communities Emerge as Hotspots
  • List of College Reopening Plans
  • Taking the Measure of Mental Health in a Pandemic
  • Last Chance to Submit Comments on New Guidelines Available: Supporting Vulnerable Campus Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

August 2020

August 26, 2020 [pdf]

August 19, 2020 [pdf]

August 12, 2020 [pdf]

August 5, 2020 [pdf]

July 2020

July 29, 2020 [pdf]

July 22, 2020 [pdf]

July 15, 2020 [pdf]

July 8, 2020 [pdf]

July 1, 2020 [pdf]

June 2020

June 24, 2020 [pdf]

June 17, 2020 [pdf]

June 10, 2020 [pdf]

June 3, 2020 [pdf]

May 2020

May 27, 2020 [pdf]

May 20, 2020 [pdf]

May 13, 2020 [pdf]

May 6, 2020 [pdf]

April 2020

April 29, 2020 [pdf]

April 22, 2020 [pdf]

April 15, 2020 [pdf]

April 8, 2020 [pdf]

April 1, 2020 [pdf]

March 2020

March 25, 2020 [pdf]

March 18, 2020 [pdf]

March 12, 2020 [pdf]

March 5, 2020 [pdf]

February 2020

February 27, 2020 [pdf]

February 19, 2020 [pdf]