These are not easy times for infection preventionists in hospitals, especially with the rapidly evolving criteria for patients under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. Infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts will have to change as well, as all signs point to a situation that’s worsening.

COVID-19 has sickened more than 89,700 people worldwide, according to official counts. As of Monday morning, at least 3056 people have died, all but 144 in mainland China.
Two of those deaths occurred in the United States, where there have been 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases. One casualty was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions in Washington state. He was a resident of the Life Care Center of Kirkland. Four other nursing home residents have been hospitalized, 3 in critical condition. A healthcare worker there in her 40s remains in satisfactory condition. Another man in his 50s from Washington State also died from COVID-19. He was not associated with the nursing home and he, too, had underlying health conditions, the New York Times reports.

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