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With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise, County of Santa Clara Health Officials Remind the Public: The Pandemic is Not Over

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2022 Latest and more infectious subvariants of Omicron are driving community transmission levels back to those seen in February SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. –  COVID-19 cases are anticipated to significantly rise locally and nationally in the coming weeks. County of Santa Clara health officials urge residents and visitors to be mindful that the virus is spreading at an increasing rate, and that risk to health from the pandemic continues. Strong vaccination rates in Santa Clara County have helped keep COVID-19 hospitalizations flat, but the 7-day rolling average of reported ...

AMA Resources Focus on Behavioral Health Integration and Physician Mental Health

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released resources to help physicians integrate behavioral health into their practices as well as prioritize their own mental well-being.   The two newly developed guides focus on behavioral health integration in private practices, one for practices serving adult patients and the other for children and adolescent populations. The guides outline key guiding questions relevant to independent practices caring for adult and youth patients who are considering behavioral health integration.   The newly revised “Managing Mental Health During COVID-19” ...

Understanding Personal Finance for Physicians

Contrary to popular belief, not all physicians experience financial security. From costly professional expenses and a high amount of debt to managing large sums of money, those in health care face financial challenges just like anyone else despite their high income bracket. On top of the daily stressors that come with the profession, this can take a toll on their mental health. That is why it’s important to understand the common financial challenges physicians encounter throughout their careers, insurance needs such as life insurance and disability insurance and the best ways to ...

COVID-19 Medications Are Available for You to Prescribe to Your Patients: Update from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department

Prescribe the Oral Antiviral Paxlovid to Your Patients  · When given early in the course of infection, medications like Paxlovid can reduce the likelihood of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death.  · The National Institute of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines recommends Paxlovid, an oral antiviral, and Remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral, as preferential therapeutics based on their efficacy and convenience of use.   · If neither Paxlovid nor Remdesivir are available or clinically appropriate, the NIH recommends providers use the following alternative therapies: Molnupiravir, an oral antiviral, or Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment.    Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ...

Helping Private Practices Navigate Non-Essential Care During COVID-19

The American Medical Association has released updated guidance for private practice physicians navigating the provision of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The resource emphasizes ways physicians and practices should protect their employees, patients, and visitors while also operating within the constraints of a national healthcare staffing crisis. The guide includes recommendations to review COVID-19 federal and state guidelines to ensure patient and staff safety and to assist in adjusting workflows to support both staff and patients. Read more here View guide [PDF]