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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Due to the expansive number of COVID-19 testing centers Alabama now has, we have decided to create a standalone webpage for this information. Please click the icon to at the top of this alert to visit.

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Click the icon above to view a collection of the previous COVID-19 email updates sent by the Medical Association. We will try to update this list as quickly as possible to ensure you don't miss anything.

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New COVID-19 Grant Program for Alabama Physicians

In response to our advocacy and recommendations, Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $35 million from Alabama’s federal coronavirus relief money to set up the grant program to help physicians, dentists, clinics, ambulance services, and other health care and emergency response providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On a first-come-first-serve basis, the state of Alabama will offer cash grants in an amount up to $15,000 (per practice) for Alabama health care and emergency response providers that meet eligibility requirements.

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Click here for the presentation recording of our discussion with State Finance Director, Kelly Butler, who highlighted new opportunities for financial assistance through Governor Ivey’s Alabama Health Care and Emergency Response Providers grant program.
 
We also briefly explored the impact COVID-19 has had on Alabama medical practices, such as the increase in telemedicine and liability concerns for physicians, as shown through our recent survey.

Alabama medical practices hit hard by COVID​

Whether in a hospital, surgery center or clinic, COVID-19 has drastically changed the care physicians are able to provide patients. Data from our recent survey of medical practices in Alabama shows just how the coronavirus has fundamentally altered Alabama’s healthcare delivery system and exposed policies that limit adaptive solutions. 
 
The survey identified several key findings that could be detrimental to the delivery of healthcare in Alabama:
  • 70% of survey respondents said COVID-19 has had a severe impact on practice finances, causing layoffs and furloughs and limiting access to care.
  • Nearly 60% reported patient volume reductions that have cut revenues by at least 50%.
  • More than 71% said they’re likely to continue providing telemedicine so long as insurers continue covering the services for patients.
  • More than 71% are concerned about the potential liability from lack of PPE and patients canceling or delaying procedures and other medical care.
View an op-ed from Medical Association President, Dr. John Meigs, and the entire survey report here.

JAMA: Effect of Remdesivir vs Standard Care in Patients With Moderate COVID-19

Question: Does remdesivir provide a benefit on clinical status for patients hospitalized with moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia? 
 
Conclusions and Relevance: Among patients with moderate COVID-19, those randomized to a 10-day course of remdesivir did not have a statistically significant difference in clinical status compared with standard care at 11 days after initiation of treatment. Patients randomized to a 5-day course of remdesivir had a statistically significant difference in clinical status compared with standard care, but the difference was of uncertain clinical importance. 
 
View the full results of this study on JAMA.

MMWR: Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged <21 Years — United States

During February 12–July 31, 2020, a total of 391,814 cases of COVID-19 and MIS-C (representing approximately 8% of all reported cases) and 121 deaths (approximately 0.08% of all deaths) were identified among persons aged <21 years in the United States. Four important findings were identified. First, although Hispanic, Black, and AI/AN persons represent 41% of the U.S. population aged <21 years, these groups accounted for approximately 75% of deaths in persons aged <21 years. Second, deaths were more prevalent among males and among persons aged 10–20 years; young adults aged 18–20 years accounted for nearly half of all deaths in this population. Third, 75% of decedents had at least one underlying condition, and 45% had two or more underlying conditions. Fourth, a substantial proportion of out-of-hospital deaths in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection occurred among all age groups in this analysis. Read more from the CDC on MMWR.

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