To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: DPH Reporting Deadline Extended to August 5th; Free Testing Now Available in Eight Additional Communities; Weekly DPH Call Reminder
Date: July 27, 2020
DPH Retrospective Reporting Deadline Extended to August 5th
Due to technical issues that have occurred with the REDCap reporting system over the last week, the DPH is extending the deadline for retrospective reporting to Wednesday, August 5th for nursing homes, rest homes and assisted living residences to report their historical cases (March 10th onward). Additionally, tonight (July 27th), the REDCap reporting platform will be down between 9 - 10pm for improvements to the system. DPH has also released a REDCap User’s Guide for Assisted Living Residences.
Governor Baker Announces Free COVID-19 Testing Now Available in
Eight Additional Communities
Governor Charlie Baker announced today that his administration is making free, widespread COVID-19 testing available in eight more communities showing concerning signs. Free testing will be made available to anyone in Agawam, Brockton, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester regardless of symptoms. The eight communities were selected because cases and positive test rates far exceed the statewide average there, and the volume of testing being conducted has declined significantly over recent months.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Weekly Call for
Nursing Homes and Rest Homes
The next DPH conference call for nursing homes and rest homes is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM . This call will include members of DPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management.
Phone Number: 888-390-5007
Participant Code: 3479679