Online ECHO Clinic | April 20, 2020

Presentation Titles: COVID-19 Epi Update | Emerging Topics: Reinfection, Serological Tests, Forecasting | COVID-19 Updates

In this series of three presentations, Dr. Tom Weiser shares an epi update. Then, Dr. Alex Wu, an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks about several emerging topics, including forecasting what may happen if stay-at-home orders were to be lifted. Finally, Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, and Whitney Essex, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services, share several new studies on COVID-19.

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Presenter Bios

Thomas Weiser, MD, MPH, has been with Portland Area Indian Health Services since 1998, initially serving as an Indian Health Services Medical Officer in Whiteriver, Arizona from 1998-2005. He completed the CDC Epidemiology Intelligence Service from 2005-2007, assigned to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In 2007, he began his new position assigned to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. Dr. Weiser is passionate about improving the quality of healthcare services, data access and data quality for American Indian and Alaska Native populations; human subjects protection; infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance.

Alexander Wu, ScD, MPH, is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jorge Mera, MD, FACP, is the Director of Infectious Diseases for Cherokee Nation Health Service, the largest tribally operated health care system in the United States. He oversees surveillance, policies, and programs to treat and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and HCV.

Whitney Essex, MSN, FNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Cherokee Nation Health Services. Mrs. Essex works in the Infectious Diseases Department, where she is the coordinator for the Cherokee Nation Hepatitis C Elimination program. She assists in the maintenance of general infectious diseases clinical services, as well as the provision of medical care for patients accessing HIV, PrEP, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases-related services.

Presentation Slides

COVID-19 Epi Update

Emerging Topics: Reinfection, Serological Tests, Forecasting: What May Happen if Stay-at-Home Orders Were to be Lifted

COVID-19 Updates

Resources Provided

Clinical Questions About COVID-19: Questions and Answers (CDC)

FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (FDA)

COVID-19 Forecast models (CDC)

South Korea Coronavirus Retesting Positive (CNN)

Urban Indian Health Institute COVID Resources (UIHI)