To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: AHCA/NCAL Investigates Reported False Positives in COVID-19 Testing: Survey and Resources; DPH Provides Isolation and Quarantine Caution Signs; Update to Paid Leave of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Date: September 14, 2020
AHCA/NCAL Investigates Reported False Positives in COVID-19 Testing: Survey and Resources
Late last week, AHCA/NCAL received a handful of reports of BD Analyzers producing COVID-19 false positives with staff and residents. AHCA is working closely with LeadingAge, the Department of Health and Human Services, and BD Veritor leadership to investigate these preliminary reports, determine the extent of the issue, and understand the cause(s).
AHCA is asking providers to do the following:
- Complete this short survey about your use of the BD and Quidel point of antigen tests by midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15. This will help AHCA better understand the issues surrounding these tests.
- Share reports as soon possible if you are seeing false positive antigen POC tests (with either BD or Quidel) by emailing Tara Gregorio at email@example.com. BD has set up dedicated resources for providers experiencing false positives.
- Providers who experience multiple false positives ONLY can call Sara Lewis at (207) 522-7563. Please note that this number will likely change in the next few days.
- You can also email BD at Technical_Services@bd.com.
- BD offers a microsite and training webinars, which members are encouraged to review if they are having concerns with accuracy to make sure they are properly following all instructions.
DPH Provides Isolation and Quarantine Caution Signs
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) the isolation and quarantine caution signs to be posted on the door of individuals who are isolated or quarantined after testing positive for the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). When printing either of the two-page signs, please print both pages separately so that the second page is not unintentionally overlooked. The caution signs should then be posted on the door side facing the hallway to alert essential personnel intending on entering the resident's room. These signs are not interchangeable and instructions must be read and followed to ensure the safety and care of applicable residents and LTCF staff.
Update to Paid Leave of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an update to the temporary rule they issued in April regarding coronavirus leave. This update changes the definition of health care workers. Please click here for AHCA’s memorandum on this issue.