To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: DPH Releases Revised Guidance
Date: July 30, 2020
DPH Releases Revised Guidance on “Caring for Long-Term Care
Residents during the COVID-19 Emergency” and “Allowing
Non-Essential Personnel in Long-Term Care Facilities”
Today, DPH released two memos related to care of long-term care residents during the COVID-19 Emergency.
Caring for Long-Term Care Residents during the COVID-19 Emergency includes revisions to screening of employees upon re-entry to the building during the same working shift, revisions to the use of PPE for COVID negative patients when there has been no COVID positive staff or residents for 14 days and clarification on quarantine for residents who are readmitted after less than 24 hours in a hospital. The updated guidance provides an appendix on “Personal Protective Equipment Used When Providing Care to Residents in Long Term Care”.
Allowing Non-Essential Personnel in Long-Term Care Facilities allows for long-term care facilities to allow non-essential personnel to enter the facility as long as the facility meets all of the following safety, care, and infection control measures. Non-essential personnel include, but are not limited to, the following individuals: barbers, hair stylists, volunteers, maintenance contractors and vendors performing cosmetic work (e.g. painting) as long as such work is not being performed in a resident’s room, and individuals working in facility gift shops.