To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: Updated DPH Guidance Released; Testing for Nursing Homes in EMS Region 3; Register Now for September Webinars
Date: September 17, 2020
Update to Caring for Long-Term Care Residents during the COVID-19 Emergency and Revised Quarantine and Isolation Precautions Signs
The Department of Public Health has released a September Update for Caring for Long-Term Care Residents during the COVID-19 Emergency guidance memo. The updated guidance reflects the changes to the PPE chart in Appendix A that was discussed on a weekly call several weeks ago. Specifically, Appendix A appropriately reflects when to change gowns between resident types.
In addition, DPH has corrected the Isolation and Quarantine Precaution signs released earlier this week. The Isolation Droplet/Contact Precaution sign has been revised under Private Room and now states, “If not available, only cohort with patients that are colonized or infected with the same organism(s). The Quarantine Droplet/Contact Precaution sign has been revised relating to the use of Masks, Gown and Gloves and Private Room. Wear Masks now states, “(Face mask acceptable if N95 respirator not available; fit tested N95 or higher required when performing aerosol-generating procedures) and now aligns with Appendix A. The Gowns and Gloves requirement now aligns with Appendix A and must be worn and changed between each patient/resident. Private Room has been revised and now states, “If not available, may cohort with a COVID-recovered individual or another new admission, as long as one of the patients is not colonized or infected with a different organism (i.e. CDI, etc.).
Testing for Nursing Homes in EMS Region 3
Based on the COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report released yesterday, September 16, 2020, EMS Region 3 is now reporting greater than 40 cases per 100,000 residents (currently 41 cases) as a 7 day rolling average. In accordance with the Commonwealth’s testing guidance, nursing homes in EMS Region 3 should begin testing ALL staff every two weeks beginning next week unless a nursing home is already conducting weekly surveillance due to a previous positive staff result. Please note that CMS testing requirements are tied to county infection rates, which will be released on Monday.
Register Now for Important Webinars To Assist with Preparing
or a COVID-19 Surge This Winter
Presented by Mass Senior Care's Quality Leader Sponsor: HealthPRO Heritage
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
As we prepare for a potential second surge of COVID-19 in our country, it is important that nursing homes have an outbreak management plan incorporated into their existing infection control policies and procedures. The goal of an outbreak management plan is to prevent outbreaks and limit the spread and impact of any that occur. It ensures there are clear protocols in place to respond effectively to any type of outbreak (COVID-19, flu, et.al).
Join us for this one-hour presentation to review the components necessary for an effective outbreak management plan.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Rescheduled Date
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Many facilities in MA were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and did not have time to properly prepare for the disruption in facility operations this pandemic has presented. To prepare for the predicted surge in COVID-19 cases this fall, it’s time for facilities to review and revise their Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP). Join us for this one-hour presentation on reviewing and revising important aspects of your COOP with a focus on staffing plans during a pandemic.
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