NC DHHS to Distribute PPE Packs to Long-term Care Facilities Across the State
Initial Distribution of PPE Will Begin This Week
The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), in coordination with NC Emergency Management and the National Guard (NCNG), is proactively distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) packs to long-term care facilities across the state. Packs will include an approximately fourteen-day supply of face shields, procedure masks, gloves, and shoe covers.
The initial distribution of PPE will begin this week (specifically tomorrow, Friday, May 15) to include state-licensed long-term care facilities in two of the sixteen Area Agencies on Aging regions of North Carolina: Region K (Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren Counties); and Region Q (Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt Counties). Roll-out in other regions will follow in subsequent days and weeks. Facilities will include adult care homes, family care homes, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and mental health facilities.
Please see these documents for Region K and Region Q. EACH is specific to the region because of the distribution points. (For those not included in this initial distribution, you can expect to receive a notice such as these specific to your own location/region.) You must follow the link in the relevant document to Confirm Your Pick-Up!
Be on the lookout for the announcement of the next regions to recieve the PPE packs.
The NC DHHS team will set up PPE distribution centers and provide communication and coordination with facilities with the help of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, North Carolina Healthcare Facilities Association, North Carolina Assisted Living Association, and NC Senior Living Association. Distribution locations will be provided through the Methodist Churches of North Carolina as needed.
All administrators should closely monitor their email for detailed information on when/where to pick up their supplies. We will do our best to provide as much information up front as possible, but there will likely be a short notice (around 24 hours) provided, based on the situation.
Finally, please also see this guidance document, Key Points for PPE use in LTC.
North Carolina Assisted Living Association