Roslyn is joined by Dr. Kelly Ramsey, Chief of Medical Services for the NY State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. They discuss employers using naloxone - everything from storage and expiration concerns to stigma and liability - and how to support employees with substance use disorder.
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Yes. Since the beginning of August, we’ve seen COVID cases rise anywhere from 125% to 400% by client (driven by regional upticks in cases). Since September 1st, they’ve doubled again for nearly everyone. We expect this will continue for several weeks - fueled by end of summer travel and kids going back to school. Some experts are predicting it will stay at this level or drop down again, only to return to higher levels in December and January.
Not necessarily. We advise consulting your doctor about the best timing to get the updated vaccine. For some who are at higher risk, it makes sense to get the updated dose as soon as possible. For others who are fully vaccinated and may also have some immunity from getting infected with COVID relatively recently, waiting until mid-October or even a bit later for your COVID and flu vaccines to get maximal coverage for the holidays might make sense. That’s doubly true when we consider that the largest surges have been in December and January. Again, we highly recommend talking to your doctor about your specific situation.
If they’ve tested negative for COVID twice on consecutive days, then it’s probably neither. During the week ending September 2nd, the CDC tested more than 30,000 lab samples, and less than 1% tested positive for flu, so flu cases are very low right now. As for COVID, a single negative rapid test doesn’t mean much, but if someone has tested negative repeatedly after their symptoms started, it’s likely that they have something other than COVID. There are plenty of other respiratory viruses that are getting passed around, especially as kids go back to school. When in doubt, keep sick employees home until they’re feeling better, even if they test negative!