To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Evening Edition – New Guidance on In-Person Visitations; Update on National Guard Testing; Tablet Donation Survey
Date: June 1, 2020
Guidance on Limitations on Visitors in Long-Term Care Facilities during the COVID-19 Outbreak
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released new guidance permitting long-term care facilities to allow in-person visitation in a designated outdoor visitation space, provided that the long-term care facility implements all of the safety, care, and infection control measures set forth in this guidance.
Nursing facilities across the Commonwealth have completed baseline resident and staff Covid-19 testing and are now focused on surveillance testing. While MSCA continues to work with state officials on the elements of a statewide surveillance testing program, we suggest that facilities consider testing their staff and residents, who have previously tested negative, on a regular interval or as symptoms arise pending the state’s announcement. Facilities may continue to access testing through the Massachusetts National Guard for symptomatic long term care residents and the MANG will re-test staff in facilities that have competed baseline testing. Please read today’s DPH memo for additional details.
Mass Senior Care Expands Tablet Donation Program
Thanks to our successful collaboration with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Amazon has donated tablets for distribution to nursing facilities in need of technology to enhance their virtual visitation program. Please click here to complete a very brief survey indicating your need and interest in this program.