Follow-up RE: Restricting Visitors to the Community and Infection Control Procedures
NCALA has had a number of calls regarding restricting visitors to the community and infection control procedures. At this time, NC DHHS, DHSR, ACLS has not issued guidance other than the information regarding visitation and infection control procedures, contained in this memo from NC DHHS, Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch, dated March 12, 2020.
At this time, please follow the guidance provided in the NC DHHS memo of March 12, 2020. On your first contact after a physician provides a diagnosis of suspected COVID-19 or confirms a diagnosis of COVID-19, call your local Health Department and provide them with the information. The Health Department will immediately become involved in the decision-making process to ensure resident safety and care. If you have problems reaching your local Health Department, you should notify Libby Kinsey or Megan Lamphere at (919) 855-3765 and they can reach out to the Division of Public Health leadership to inform them of the issue.
We strongly recommend that you read the March 12, 2020 memo carefully and comply with all of the recommendations.
Also, the CDC has everything you need to write or re-write your infection control policies. The CDC guidance is current and complete for Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings.
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