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COVID-19 updates: July 17, 2020

COVID-19 updates: July 17, 2020

Register now for the July 24 webinar, “COVID-19: Past, Present and Future Transplant Center Operations”

This webinar will feature transplant leaders discussing issues related to transplant hospital operations during COVID-19. As programs are building new processes in response to the pandemic, they are assessing staffing models, staff and patient safety, workspace configuration, and a range of operational processes. Panelists include:

  • Brigitte Sullivan, executive director, NYU Langone Transplant Institute
  • Angie Korsun, executive director, Advanced Organ Management Services, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner University Medical Center Tucson
  • Jennifer Milton, chief administrative officer, UT Health San Antonio

Intended for both donation and transplant audiences, this webinar will provide insight into how transplant hospitals are adapting in the wake of COVID-19.

This webinar is scheduled for July 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Register now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

Emergency policy actions available for retrospective public comment Aug. 4 – Oct. 1

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. Read more about these actions here.

In addition, data collection was approved and implemented to provide OPOs the ability to report COVID-19 testing status and results. These emergency actions will be available for public comment during the next cycle: Aug. 4 – Oct. 1. We ask that the transplant community provide feedback during public comment on these emergency actions. All public comment proposals will be available here.


Summer 2020 regional meetings to be virtual

The health and safety of our meeting attendees is our top priority. After reviewing all available information, we have decided to host all summer 2020 regional meetings virtually. Meetings begin in August. Information on each region’s agenda and links to meeting materials will be made available soon on the OPTN regional meeting page.

COVID-19 related policy and operational questions

For COVID-19 related policy and operational inquires, members can contact member questions at [email protected].


  • COVID-19 questions and answers for transplant patients and caregivers now available on OPTN website. The COVID-19 resource page on the OPTN website has been updated to address common questions and answers asked by transplant patients and caregivers regarding donation and transplant activity during the pandemic.
  • Policy keeps patients safe; protects medical urgency status. Waitlist candidates benefited from an emergency COVID-19 policy allowing programs to carry forward previous test results.
  • Data visualizations on transplants and deceased donors recovered updated daily. The waitlist snapshot is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Transplants by week and deceased donors recovered by week are updated every Monday. Learn more here.
  • Answers to patient questions on COVID-19. Navigating the coronavirus pandemic is difficult for everyone, but brings special challenges for transplant patients. UNOS Chief Medical Officer David Klassen, M.D., answers questions for patients about COVID-19 and the waitlist, inactivation, donor testing and other important topics.

Stay current

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

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