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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, 20221 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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COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED FOR GEO GUIDE

December 23, 2020

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 Bermuda and Saint Barthelemy.

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).

MORE COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES REVISED BY CDC

December 21, 2020

The CDC has upgraded the COVID-19 Travel Notices for Bermuda to Level 4 and Saint Barthelemy to Level 3. The Level 1 COVID-19 Travel Notice for Grenada was upgraded to Level 2 (moderate 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 December 23, 2020 to incorporate these changes.

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GEO GUIDE COVID-19 UPDATE ISSUED

December 17, 2020

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 Uruguay and downgrade Equatorial Guinea and the Turks & Caicos to NOT high risk for COVID-19.

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

December 14, 2020

The CDC has upgraded the COVID-19 Travel Notice for Uruguay to Level 4. The Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Notice for the Turks and Caicos was downgraded to Level 2, and the Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Notice for Equatorial Guinea was downgraded to Level 1. Additionally, the Level 1 COVID-19 Travel Notices for Hong Kong, Mongolia, and Rwanda were raised 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 December 17, 2020 to incorporate these changes.

GEO GUIDE UPDATE ISSUED FOR NEW COVID-19 CHANGES

December 3, 2020

In support of our users that have elected to implement voluntary travel screening for COVID-19, the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been updated to document the CDC’s new COVID-19 Travel Health classification system and incorporate the following recent changes in COVID-19 risk status:

  • Saint Lucia upgraded to COVID-19 High risk

  • Antigua & Barbuda, Australia (including Ashmore & Cartier Islands and Coral Sea Islands), Barbados, Benin, British Virgin Islands (including Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, & Virgin Gorda), China, Cook Islands, Cote d’Ivoire, Dahomey (Benin), Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, Ivory Coast, Kiribati (including Banaba, Fanning Island, Ocean Island, Tabuaeran, & Tarawa), Korea (South), Nauru, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Helena, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, South Korea, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British), Wallis & Futuna, and Western Samoa (Samoa) downgraded to NOT 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).

CDC REVISES ADDITIONAL COVID-19 TRAVEL NOTICES

November 30, 2020

The CDC has issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Travel Notice for Saint Lucia. Additionally, the Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Notice for Antigua & Barbuda was downgraded to Level 2 and the Level 4 COVID-19 Travel Notices for Saba and Sint Eustatius were downgraded to Level 1.

 

These changes are being incorporated into the update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide that is currently in process.

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CDC ISSUES NEW COVID-19 TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICE SYSTEM

November 21, 2020

The CDC has unveiled a revised Travel Health Notice classification system specifically for COVID-19. This new system employs 4 levels and reflects more current COVID-19 risk status by basing classification on recent case data (the past 28 days). Here is a link to the page on the CDC’s website with details on the new system: How CDC Determines the Level for COVID-19 Travel Health Notices.

 

The CDC website also has a new page dedicated to COVID-19 Travel Health Notices and the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination page that includes the COVID-19 interactive map has been revised to reflect the changes.

 

The CDC’s new classification system has generated a significant number of new and revised COVID-19 Travel Notices. Review of these changes revealed that no new countries have fallen into the very high risk, high risk, or unknown risk of COVID-19 categories. A number of countries have been downgraded from these high risk categories, however.

 

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide will be issued to incorporate these changes and to document the CDC’s new COVID-19 Travel Health classification system. Tthis update will only affect COVID-19 content, therefore the files will be provided by digital download from our ShareFile site. As with the previous COVID-19 updates, printable files will be made available for hard copy users. This update is slated for release on December 1, 2020.

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