NSSP Update – November 2020

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | November 2020

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program issues NSSP Update monthly to share the latest Community of Practice activities, technical and program updates, and ways in which syndromic surveillance is improving public health.

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Transmission Dynamics by Age Group in COVID-19 Hotspot Counties—United States, April–September 2020

Understanding whether increasing incidence in hotspot counties is predominantly occurring in specific age groups is important for identifying opportunities to prevent or reduce transmission. Read more.

EID outbreak


2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium ▪ New Slack Workspace ▪ Community Highlights

What’s different about flu this year? Here’s how community members conduct surveillance for flu amid a pandemic. Community adds resources to Knowledge Repository.

Read the latest community updates here.

Technical Updates


How to do SQL Queries in RStudio Pro

Did you know that routine structured query language (SQL) queries can be done in RStudio Pro? This is a good alternative if you’ve been using the recently retired Adminer application. Follow these easy steps and code examples to query data. Read more.

View more articles at our Data Quality Corner.

Developing Syndrome Definitions


NSSP staff collaborate to develop and improve syndrome definitions.

New syndrome definitions have been added to ESSENCE: Synthetic Cannabinoids v1, Opioid Overdose v3, All Drug v2, Unintentional Firearm Injury v1, Intentional Firearm Injury v1, Assault Firearm Injury v1, and Firearm Injury V2. These syndromes will be added to the NSSP Community of Practice Knowledge Repository.

ESSENCE word cloud queries


Analysts can exercise a high level of customization by using free-text queries. They can quickly code free-text queries and rapidly respond to outbreaks, disasters, and health events that unfold. These word clouds capture free-text queries from a national perspective.

NSSP participation map and coverage


Updates are published quarterly.

ESSENCE word cloud queries


Onboarding Update ▪ New Guides and Job Aids

We’re pleased to introduce our new sites: Guam; Hawaii; Plumas County, CA; San Diego County, CA; Wyoming; and Yosemite Gateway Region, CA (representing 5 counties). Once these sites begin submitting data to production, NSSP will be receiving data from facilities in every U.S. state! Read more.

Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming Events
November 13 Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 12:00–1:00 PM ET
November 17 NSSP Vendor Patches in Testing and Development environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET
November 17-19
2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium; 1:00–5:00 PM ET
November 19 NSSP vendor patches in Onboarding and Production environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET
December 2 Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 1:00–2:00 PM ET
December 4
Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 2:00–2:45 PM ET
December 11 Data Quality Subcommittee Call (Monthly): 12:00–1:00 PM ET
December 14
NSSP CoP Core Committee Call (Monthly): 1:00–2:30 PM ET
December 15
NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly): 3:00–4:30 PM ET
December 15 NSSP Vendor Patches in Testing and Development environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET
December 17 NSSP vendor patches in Onboarding and Production environments: 12:00–8:00 AM ET

View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.