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COVID-19 updates: August 5, 2020

COVID-19 updates: August 5, 2020

Public comment open: Provide your feedback on COVID-19 emergency actions

In March and April, the OPTN Executive Committee approved several emergency actions related to COVID-19. These actions temporarily changed some OPTN policy requirements for candidate data reporting and kidney candidate waiting time accrual. In addition, data collection was approved and implemented to provide OPOs the ability to report COVID-19 testing status and results. These emergency actions are available for public comment through Oct. 1. The OPTN would like your feedback on these actions, specifically:

  • Were these the right actions to take?
  • How long should they stay in effect?
  • Do you support use of the emergency action pathway for these changes?

Learn more about all 10 of the items offered for public comment here.

COVID-19 operational actions to remain in effect through Dec. 31

Updated Dec. 11, 2020:
The measures will stay in effect, subject to ongoing review of their applicability and effectiveness

At a virtual meeting held Thursday, July 30, the OPTN Executive Committee extended the expiration date for a set of operational actions to help members address and document COVID-19 issues affecting organ donation and transplantation. The measures were originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2020; they will now stay in effect, subject to ongoing review of their applicability and effectiveness (updated Dec. 11, 2020). Learn more here.

COVID-19 webinars now available on UNOS Connect

A series of COVID-19 webinars is now accessible to all members on UNOS Connect. In these educational offerings, transplant and OPO professionals share effective practices related to organ recovery and transplantation during COVID-19. Find course numbers, topics and panelist information here.

Back-to-school resource for transplant families

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society has posted a fact sheet for parents of transplant recipients returning to school this fall. Access it from the COVID-19 resources page on Transplant Living.


Stay current

We will continue to update the UNOS COVID-19 resources page as guidance is developed and enhanced.

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