Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

AFL 20-22.4 From the California Department of Public Health August 25, 2020 TO: Long-Term Care Facilities SUBJECT: Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (This AFL supersedes guidance provided in AFL 20-22.3) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies long-term care (LTC) facilities of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for improving their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including revised guidance for visitation.This AFL authorizes LTC facilities to temporarily modify their facility’s visitation policies in accordance with CMS and CDC COVID-19 guidance when necessary to protect the health and safety of residents, staff, and the public.This AFL updates visitation guidance to require facilities to permit ombudsman to enter regardless of whether or not there is a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Trump Administration Launches National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices

August 25, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries New training provides education on critical safety measures to keep residents safe Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing an unprecedented national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their nursing homes.

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