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James Simon, MD comments on Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 predictive modeling – March 31, 2020

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B-roll of COVID-19 testing being done at Cleveland Clinic

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Sound bites from press briefing on March 12, 2020

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Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic
From March 12, 2020 press briefing

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“We have developed the ability to test for COVID 19 internally in Cleveland Clinic. Because we’re going to be able to do it on site means it’s going to have a substantially shorter turnaround time and it’s going to have, we’re going to have, an ability to serve our patients more expeditiously.”

“People who do not have any symptoms but have questionable exposure will not be tested at the moment, so if you feel fine and you may have been in contact with someone, you would not be tested.”

“Cleveland Clinic has not developed a new test for coronavirus. What Cleveland Clinic has done is used the publicly available information from the Centers for Disease Control and have followed the guidelines internally to develop the testing capacity internally. The reason why we have been able to do it, and we have been able to do it quickly, is because our team has focused all of our organizational resources, and an immense amount of work, to get to the desired result as quickly as possible.”

“It is a game changer for the local community that in times of need Americans in general, healthcare professionals in particular, always band together and show the best and the brightest side of our communities and we’re standing in front of you today, not only because we have developed something that is unique for the Cleveland Clinic, but because we’re a part of a greater nation-wide effort to serve our citizens in the best, most responsible way.”

“There are three steps to the process that will ensure success in us handling this pandemic. One is to make care, clinical care, accessible to every American, regardless of socio-economic status and ability to pay and whether they have, or do not have, any insurance. The second one is, what we spoke a lot about, is to scale up the efforts to have tests available to all of those who have an actual need of being tested, and a third one, and this is a big societal effort, once people are identified to have the disease, to make sure that they can stay in their homes and be quarantined and prevent the spread to others, ensuring that they have all the means that they need in order to stay at home without fearing for their jobs or their livelihood.”

Brian Rubin, MD, PhD, Chairman, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
From March 12, 2020 press briefing 

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“The turnaround time has been slated to be around 8 hours, of course, it varies a little bit, that’s really the time it takes to run the test. So, what we’ve done is just eliminate the pre-analytical step of having to transport it somewhere else, that’s why we’re able to turn it around.”

 “Well, the turnaround time is so much shorter, so previously our turnaround time was in the neighborhood of 3-4 days, and so now we can rapidly evaluate people and within 8 hours, for instance, we can determine if somebody is positive for the virus.”

Steven Gordon, MD, Chairman, Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic
From March 12, 2020 press briefing

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“There is tiered testing criteria, and what we mean by that is, that it’s not everyone that wants a test, there are CDC guidelines for tiered criteria. And at tier one, for instance, in that population, all of the people have symptoms, basically they have to have fever or clinical signs of disease are going to be, for instance, patients that may be at our hospital with an unexplained pneumonia where other routine tests have been negative, we now have to think about the possibility could that be COVID-19.”

Robert Wyllie, MD, Chief Medical Operations Officer, Cleveland Clinic
From March 12, 2020 press briefing

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“We’re going to start screening people at all our hospitals and all our other health care facilities, which are ambulatory. We’re going to screen them just at the door, or just before they get to the door. If they are ill with an acute respiratory infection, we’ll ask them to get evaluated. But, we don’t want them visiting people in the hospital who are already ill. We’re going to limit the number of entrances to our hospitals to a couple so that we can manage the ingress and egress. We’re going to do the same thing with the vendors in terms of keeping vendors out who aren’t clinically necessary, so that we limit the exposure to the patients.”

 “We will ask everybody coming in the door a question about, do you have an acute respiratory illness? Have you traveled to an area which is endemic? Or a sustained community transmission? We’ll ask if you have a fever and if you have those things, we’re going to ask that you get evaluated but we don’t want you coming in to visit somebody in the hospital.”

 “Somebody has to order the test, and for appropriate indications, and we’ve outlined that in the electronic medical record. We’ll make sure we identify those patients, they’ll actually be identified twice, and then we’ll do testing. So, right now, the plan is to have them drive into a tent area, they can even stay in their car, we can do the testing, they can drive off, we can give them advice about the length of time it’s going to take to get the test back and what they’re supposed to do before they get the results back.”  

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reducing Your Risk

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