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CDC DECLARES EBOLA OUTBREAKS IN GUINEA AND DR CONGO

February 25, 2021

The CDC has issued Level 3 (Warning) Travel Notices for Ebola in Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The CDC states that the outbreaks are currently limited to N’Zérékoré Prefecture of Guinea and North Kivu (Kivu Nord) province of the DRC.

 

The FDA’s blood guidance on Ebola, issued in 2017, recommends that donor education and screening specific to Ebola virus should be implemented when the CDC has classified one or more countries as having widespread transmission of Ebola virus. The CDC is not indicating that transmission is widespread at this time. CreaTech Solutions will continue monitoring the CDC’s Ebola information as these outbreaks evolve.

COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

February 24, 2021

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to raise the COVID-19 risk to high for Benin (Dahomey), Kyrgyzstan, and Thailand and downgrade Grenada and the Northern Mariana Islands (Rota Island, Saipan, & Tinian) from COVID-19 high risk.

Update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users. Hard copy subscribers have been granted permission to download and print the COVID-19 update files  (documented on the Update Notice).

REVISED COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES ISSUED BY CDC

February 22, 2021

The CDC has revised its COVID-19 Travel Notices for Burundi (from Level 3), Eritrea and Sudan (from Level 4), and Kyrgyzstan (from Level 2) to COVID-19 Risk Level Unknown (do not travel). Additionally, Guernsey was upgraded from Level 2 to Level 4, Benin was upgraded form Level 1 to Level 3, Thailand was upgraded from Level 2 to Level 3, Chad and Nepal were downgraded from Level 4 to Level 3, the Falkland Islands were upgraded from Level 1 to Level 2, and the Northern Mariana Islands were downgraded from Level Unknown to Level 1.

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued on February 24, 2021 to incorporate these changes.

COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES REVISED BY CDC

February 16, 2021

The CDC has upgraded the COVID-19 Travel Notices for Bonaire (from Level Unknown) and Saint Barthelemy (from Level 3) to Level 4. The CDC has downgraded the COVID-19 Travel Notice for Grenada from Level 3 to Level 2.

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

2021 COVID-19 ADD-ON SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR THE GEO GUIDE

February 15, 2021

To support our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an optional COVID-19 Add-On subscription may be purchased for the 2021 term. This additional subscription will be required to access the COVID-19 updates to the GEO guide after April 1st and covers the ongoing added costs

of providing the COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 update files will continue to be provided through to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site to approved users. Hard copy COVID-19 update subscribers are granted permission to download and print COVID-19 update files. Please contact Adrienne for more information or to add-on a COVID-19 subscription for the 2021 term.

2021 UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION PRICING RELEASED

February 15, 2021

Donor Screening GEO Guide subscription pricing for the 2021 term (from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022) has been determined. COVID-19 updates will not be provided with regular 2021 GEO Guide subscriptions. Optional add-on subscriptions for COVID-19 updates will be offered for the 2021 term.

​Subscription pricing remains the same as for 2020.

 

GEO Guide subscribers that did not download any COVID-19 updates issued in 2020 will receive a credit toward their 2021 subscription fees.

 

Update projections for 2020 included consideration of the following factors:

  • Possible changes in malaria-endemic areas in 27 countries (with an estimated 15 overlays impacted) based on analysis of the 2020 WHO World Malaria Report.

  • Anticipated publication of the 2022 edition of the CDC's Yellow Book in May 2021.

  • Possible publication of revised FDA tissue guidance on vCJD, to harmonize donor screening recommendations with the revised recommendations for blood donors issued in April 2020.

  • Possible triggering of donor screening for Ebola Virus Disease in 2021 based on new cases recently reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.

  • Low likelihood that FDA or AABB will recommend donor travel screening for COVID-19

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COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

February 10, 2021

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to raise the COVID-19 risk to high for Macau (China), Tokelau, and Tonga. India and Kyrgyzstan have been downgraded from the COVID-19 high risk category.

Update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users. Hard copy subscribers have been granted permission to download and print the COVID-19 update files (documented on the Update Notice).

REVISED COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES ISSUED BY CDC

February 8, 2021

The CDC has revised its COVID-19 Travel Notices for Macau, Tokelau, and Tonga from Level 1 (Low risk) to COVID-19 Risk Level Unknown (do not travel). Additionally, Isle of Man was revised from Level 1 to Level 3, and India and Kyrgyzstan were revised from Level 4 to Level 2.

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued on February 10, 2021 to incorporate these changes.

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COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

February 1, 2021

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to raise the COVID-19 risk to high for Cook Islands, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Samoa, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis & Futuna. Bhutan and Djibouti have been downgraded from the COVID-19 high risk category.

Update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users. Hard copy subscribers have been granted permission to download and print the COVID-19 update files  (documented on the Update Notice).

COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES REVISED BY CDC

January 29, 2021

The CDC has revised 246 COVID-19 Travel Notices to include the new travel requirement for passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. Twenty-nine of the revised Travel Notices also reflected a change in the CDC’s COVID-19 risk level, resulting in the reclassification of 13 countries from low to high (do not travel) COVID-19 risk and two countries from high to low (travel with precautions) COVID-19 risk.

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued on February 1, 2021 to incorporate these changes.

COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

January 21, 2021

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to raise the COVID-19 risk to high for Antarctica, Barbados, the Faroe Islands, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and the Seychelles.

Update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users. Hard copy subscribers have been granted permission to download and print the COVID-19 update files  (documented on the Update Notice).

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES REVISED BY CDC

January 19, 2021

The CDC has issued a new COVID-19 Travel Notice, Level Unknown (do not travel), for Antarctica. Additionally, COVID-19 Travel Notices have been upgraded for the following countries: Saint Lucia and the Turks and Caicos (Level 3 to Level 4), Barbados, the Faroe Islands, and the Seychelles (Level 2 to Level 4), Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (Level 1 to Level 3), and Singapore (Level 1 to Level 2).

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued on January 21, 2021 to incorporate these changes.

COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

January 13, 2021

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to raise the COVID-19 risk to high for Grenada and the Turks & Caicos.

Update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users. Hard copy subscribers have been granted permission to download and print the COVID-19 update files  (documented on the Update Notice).

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES REVISED BY CDC

January 11, 2021

The CDC has upgraded the COVID-19 Travel Notices for Grenada and the Turks and Caicos Level 3.

 

Here is a link to the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Health Notices webpage.

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued on January 13, 2021 to incorporate these changes.

ZIKA UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE TISSUE EDITIONS

January 11, 2021

In support of the users of the Tissue Edition of the GEO Guide, an update to the Tissue Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued to reclassify Kenya and Corsica (France) to at increased risk of Zika Virus transmission.

Update packets have been shipped to all Tissue Edition user sites . Additionally, digital version update files have been uploaded to the CreaTech Solutions ShareFile site and are available for download by approved users.

CDC RAISES ZIKA VIRUS RISK FOR CORSICA & KENYA

January 7, 2021

Routine monthly change review of relevant pages on the FDA and CDC’s websites revealed that the CDC has upgraded the Zika risk status of Kenya and Corsica (France) to areas with current or past Zika transmission but no Zika outbreak.

 

These changes warrant an update to the Tissue Donor editions of the GEO Guide. Work on this update will begin immediately with the goal of releasing this update early next week. This update will be shipped in the form of updated pages for hard copy books and CDs for digital version users. Digital version files will also be available for download as always.

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