UCHICAGO DEVELOPING CORONAVIRUS SALIVA TEST: Scientists at UChicago Medicine are looking at a way to detect COVID-19 using a saliva test, which experts say could be just as accurate as nasal swabbing but less invasive. The saliva test uses droplet-digital PCR, or ddPCR, that researchers say could get a positive reading even if there are lower amounts of the virus in the sample. It may also identify non-symptomatic cases, according to a statement.
WHY THE PANDEMIC IS ENERGIZING HOSPITAL UNIONS: Labor groups' COVID-era wins on hazard pay and sick leave are fueling interest in organizing. "People who have not been part of organizing campaigns and never were part of a union are upset about the issues at their workplaces—issues related to COVID and how their administrations have handled it," says a local member of National Nurses United. READ MORE.
ENCOMPASS PLANS LIBERTYVILLE REHAB HOSPITAL: Encompass Health Corp. Said in a statement that it will build a freestanding, 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Libertyville. The hospital is planned for a spring 2022 opening. The new hospital would be part of Birmingham, Ala.-based Encompass Health’s national network, which also includes Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a 65-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Rockford.
NURSING AG亚洲国际游戏home WORKERS ASK CONGRESS FOR HELP: During a briefing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Illinois nursing AG亚洲国际游戏home worker Chris Brown said there was such a shortage of personal protective equipment at his facility that he had to don a garbage bag for protection while treating patients, Modern Healthcare reports.
"If I become sick, how can I take care of someone else?" the certified nursing assistant asked members of Congress.
NEW CITY COVID DASHBOARD: Chicago has released more data showing coronavirus trends in the city.