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COVID-19: Community Corps, Travel and Cleaning Guidance

On April 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), launched the COVID-19 Community Corps, a nationwide, grassroots network of trusted, local voices working to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

Anyone can become a Community Corps member. HHS and CDC will share with members weekly scientific and medical updates, talking points about the vaccine, social media suggestions, infographics, fact sheets, and tools to help people get registered for an appointment and vaccinated.

The agencies also created Facebook photo frames to encourage vaccination and will air television ads in English and Spanish with the message, “We Can Do This.”

CDC Updates Travel Guidance

CDC on April 2 updated its travel guidance to urge people to delay international travel until they are fully vaccinated — two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a single dose vaccine. Citing a recently released science brief, the agency notes that even fully vaccinated travelers are at risk for transmitting new SARS-CoV-2 variants and urges travelers to get tested three to five days after travel.

Travelers are not required to get tested before leaving the United States unless their destination requires it, and travelers are not required to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States. Travelers to the United States must have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a flight. CDC continues to update travel recommendations by destination.

Unvaccinated people should continue to follow agency travel guidance.

CDC Updates Cleaning Guidance

The agency on April 5 updated its cleaning and disinfection guidance for homes and facilities to clarify that, in most situations, cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent is sufficient to remove virus particles on surfaces. CDC says home disinfection is likely only necessary when someone in the home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has entered the home within the past 24 hours.

In the home, the agency encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, handles, light switches, and countertops, daily and after having visitors. In facilities, disinfection should be prioritized in cases of:

FDA Revises Moderna COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorization

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 1 revised the emergency use authorization granted to Moderna for its COVID-19 vaccine. The agency clarified that currently available vials have a range of 10 to 11 doses. Because the vaccine does not contain preservatives, partial doses may not be combined to create a full dose. Additionally, FDA authorized an additional multi-vial that contains a range of 13 to 15 doses.

The agency also authorized three COVID-19 tests for at-home serial screening for asymptomatic people in school, workplace, and community-based settings. These include the QuidelQuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 test, several Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests, and the BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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