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CORONAVIRUS AND MEMBER SAFETY

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At Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, member health and safety comes first. Please use the attached resources to learn more. Along with the resources attached, we have partnered with Livongo, which has Coronavirus and Mental Wellness Resources. This is free to use and is designed to support members through these challenging times. Visit http://bh.mystrength.com/cghc to learn more. 

Call us at the number above or email at info@commongroundhealthcare.org.

Coronavirus: A letter from our Chief Medical Officer,
Scott Anderson, MD

Dear Members,

After several long months coping with the fallout of the global SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, we finally have a reason to celebrate: the development and initial distribution of two, FDA authorized vaccines that have been deemed generally safe and highly effective in clinical trials – the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) and Moderna (mRNA-1273) vaccines. Another vaccine, the AstraZeneca/Oxford University (ChAdOx1 nCoV or AZD1222) vaccine, has already been authorized for use in Europe, and may be granted emergency use authorization in the United States by April of 2021.

Additionally, although the initial federal vaccine deployment was much slower than expected, the incoming Administration has committed to delivering 100 million vaccine doses in its first 100 days. As of January 15, 2021, 607,650 vaccine doses had been allocated to the state of Wisconsin, with 373,100 shipped to the state and 213,057 of those doses administered with 140,058 Pfizer-BioNTech and 72,997 Moderna vaccines being given. By the same date, almost 31,000 residents had fully completed their two-vaccine series.

We understand that most everyone has suffered from “COVID fatigue,” and we are all ready for things to get back to normal, but it is important that we continue to be patient as these vaccines are being distributed. Currently, the vaccines are only being given to the most at-risk frontline health care workers and residents of skilled nursing and similar long-term care facilities. This is Phase 1a of the vaccine distribution and, though we don’t know, exactly, how long this phase will last, it will be some time before most Wisconsin residents will have access to one of the newly authorized vaccines.

The next phase of the distribution will be Phase 1b, which will include other essential workers like EMS, police, firefighters, and educators followed by Phase 1c, which will include higher risk patients (those with high-risk pre-existing medical conditions) and those over age 65. Presently, we do not anticipate COVID-19 vaccines being widely available to most of the general public until spring of 2021, or later, and there are no waiting lists or other ways to sign up to receive the vaccine ahead of this phased deployment. I assure you that this is the best existing strategy for reducing harm and mortality, ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens are being protected, and that our healthcare partners and essential workers will be there to meet all our needs going forward.

We obviously still have a lot of work to do, and there will undoubtedly be some dark days ahead. But until most Wisconsin residents are fully vaccinated, the best and simplest way we can all be part of the solution is to continue to wear a mask in public and be diligent about social distancing.

We will continue to monitor the vaccine rollout and will be in communication with our major network healthcare systems, DHS, and public health agencies to let you know when and how you can get vaccines as they become more widely available. We will communicate these important milestones through regular updates on our website.

In the meantime, we’ve curated some timely information and encourage you to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), here.

Stay safe and healthy,

Scott Anderson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, CGHC