Week in Review: August 6

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Marshfield Clinic Health System: ‘The time has come’, COVID-19 vaccinations for employees now required

Marshfield Clinic Health System employees will need to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15. The health care system made the announcement Wednesday morning. “We did not take this decision lightly. It was one we’ve been discussing for the past several weeks. But the time has come. In order to be a leader in the community and provide the care our patients deserve, we need to lead by example,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. Via WEAU Eau Claire

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White House says US had donated 110 million Coronavirus Vaccine doses abroad

The White House said Tuesday that the United States has donated and shipped over 110 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to more than 60 countries. The development marks a significant milestone in the global fight against COVID-19. Via The Hill

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China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads

China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan on Tuesday as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. While the total number of cases is still in the hundreds, they are far more widespread than anything China has dealt with since the initial outbreak that devastated Wuhan in early 2020 and over time spread to the rest of the country and the world. Via Associated Press

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Mayo Clinic News

Providers should require COVID vaccinations

This week, the Mayo Clinic, one of the world's top medical centers, commendably announced it is taking a similar step. It joins South Dakota-based Sanford Health among the growing number of influential institutions nationally that are putting vaccination requirements in place to protect patients, providers and communities. It's time for the rest of Minnesota's hospitals and clinics to do the same. Via Star Tribune

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Masking in schools is the right call

 The school district serving the southern Minnesota city that Mayo Clinic calls home took a commendable step this week. When classes resume in Rochester, students ages 2 through 11 will be required to wear masks when they're inside school facilities. Every Minnesota school should follow that lead and expand it to include students and staff at every grade level regardless of vaccination status. Via Star Tribune

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5 ways to adjust your sleep schedule to go back to the office

In many parts of the world, people are attempting to return to life as it was before the pandemic -- at least when it comes to work and school. For many, that means a sleepy morning struggle to wake, eat breakfast, pack lunches, get kids and themselves out the door, and battle a commute. "Without the commute, people have been able to sleep in, and when that changes they will take some time to adjust back to the new normal," said Dr. Bhanuprakash Kolla, a sleep medicine specialist in the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Via CNN

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Chantell Canfield

Chantell Canfield is a web content coordinator for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She began working for Mayo Clinic in 2021.