In light of the “triple-demic,” HSC Health Assistant CNO Allison Holt shares an overview of infectious diseases in the US this week.
The Good News:
• RSV cases are down
• The percentage of positive flu tests is down
• MonkeyPox cases are down
The Bad News:
• Tarrant County COVID-19 statistics ranked high this week, with 1,000+ new cases reported.
• Hospital Inpatient Occupancy is 93%, while Adult ICU Occupancy is 92%
• While the current Omicron subvariant, XBB.1.5, is still being investigated, we know that it is the most transmissible subvariant so far
• If you have tested positive for COVID, please notify your supervisor of illness and send an email to the confidential email HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu. Be sure to include #hscsecure in the subject line to encrypt the message. This helps my team manage exposures on campus and in general.
The CDC released an Health Advisory (attached) regarding Increase in Pediatric Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections. This Strep is age agnostic, however. Here are other risk groups:
• People aged 65 years or older
• American Indian and Alaska Native populations
• Residents of long-term care facilities
• People with medical conditions such as diabetes, malignancy, immunosuppression,
chronic kidney, cardiac, or respiratory disease
• People with wounds or skin disease
• People who inject drugs or who are experiencing homelessness
The Great News:
• You can continue to protect yourself and others by:
o social distancing
o wearing a face mask
o regular hand washing
o keeping up with vaccinations
o don’t come to work sick
• HSC Health still offers COVID-19 immunizations and boosters along with Flu and Monkey Pox Vaccines. Call 817-735-5051 to schedule an appointment.