FW: NC DHHS COVID-19 LTC Update
General Guidance Reminders
- Reminder that health care personnel in long-term care facilities should wear a facemask at all times. See more info below on how to request PPE if needed.
- When one or more cases are detected in a facility, viral testing of all staff and residents should occur, followed by repeated viral testing of all previously negative residents every 3 days to 7 days, until testing identifies no new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection among residents or staff for a period of at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.
POC Testing Resources
NC DHHS has developed the NC DHHS Resource Compendium for Point of Care Testing Device Use in Long-term Care Settings 10 16 2020 to assist long-term care facilities in their POC testing implementation. This Compendium will be posted under “Other Guidance” at: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance#long-term-care-facilities.
Further, to support long-term care facilities that have received or will receive Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card tests as part of current federal distribution initiatives, NC DHHS will host a webinar with Abbott Lab representatives on Thursday, 10/29/2020 from 10:00am–11:00am. Please register through the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7909261438507187215
SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App
NC DHHS has launched a COVID-19 Exposure Notification app called ‘SlowCOVIDNC’. Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app, enable your Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings, and be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.
Once you opt-in to the notification system, you can also anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself, your family, and your community. More information is available here.
Updated LTC Visitation Guidance
CMS and DHHS released visitation guidance a few weeks ago. Note, that while facilities will remain on the DHHS outbreak list for 28 days, a facility's presence on this list does not preclude visitation. Facilities are directed to follow DHHS and CMS guidance for visitation. CMS guidance on visitation specifies that indoor visitation in nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities can occur if there are no cases in the last 14 days and the facility is not located in a county with high percent positivity per federal rates. All large long term care facilities of 7 or more beds, including nursing homes, should follow additional DHHS guidance on visitation here.
PPE Resource Request for LTC Facilities
NC DHHS continues to support Long-Term Care Facilities with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through a request process found here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/information/health-care/requesting-ppe. If you have questions about how to put in a PPE request, email OEMSSupportCell@dhhs.nc.gov.
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