FW: Important: ACH & FCH Emergency Rules Effective October 23, 2020
This message is to inform you that emergency rules for adult care homes and family care homes for infection prevention and control have been approved and will take effect on this Friday, October 23rd. A copy of the rules is attached to this email. Additional communication is forthcoming.
As you know, North Carolina’s licensed adult care homes and family care homes serve a population most at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 in a setting—congregate living—that is at higher risk for viral spread. To date, there have been approximately 200 COVID-19 outbreaks in these facilities, with more than 3,000 residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19 and more than 300 deaths. The upcoming flu season poses additional risks. Facilities must be prepared and staff trained to understand the basic infection prevention practices needed to protect residents from the double impact of COVID-19 and influenza.
To ensure facilities are prepared for and adequately respond to COVID-19 and influenza, the North Carolina Medical Care Commission approved on October 15, 2020, emergency rules for infection prevention and control in adult care homes and family care homes. The rules require each facility to develop and implement an infection prevention and control program based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), including:
- Infection prevention and control policies and procedures,
- Timely reporting of suspected communicable disease cases,
- Communication with residents and families, and
- Staff training.
The emergency rules have been approved by the Codifier and will be effective on October 23, 2020. You can get a copy of the rules is here: Adult Care Home Rules | Family Care Home Rules. Additional information is forthcoming.
If you have questions, please email DHSR.AdultCare.Questions@dhhs.nc.gov. Thank you for all you are doing to protect the health and safety of the residents in our state’s adult care homes and family care homes!
North Carolina Assisted Living Association