Call for Specimens from Hospitalized Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Patients

AFL 21-24 From the California Department of Public Health July 22, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals Acute Psychiatric Hospitals SUBJECT:Call for Specimens from Hospitalized Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Patients All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL announces a request that facilities submit respiratory and/or serum specimens from hospitalized COVID-19 patients to assist the state in tracking COVID-19 variants.

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Ending of the Emergency Blanket Waiver of Minimum Data Set (MDS) Timeframe Requirements

AFL 21-23 From the California Department of Public Health July 22, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Nursing Facilities (NF) Swing Bed Hospitals SUBJECT: Ending of the Emergency Blanket Waiver of Minimum Data Set (MDS) Timeframe Requirements ​AUTHORITY:     Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 483.20 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs SNFs that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ended the emergency blanket waiver for Title 42 CFR section 483.20, effective May 10, 2021.All SNFs are now required to complete and transmit MDS assessments timely, as required at Title 42 CFR section 483.20.  As part of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE) response, CMS waived the MDS timeframe requirements for Title 42 CFR section 483.20 for assessments to allow providers flexibility in completing and transmitting assessments.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak Investigation and Reporting Thresholds

AFL 20-75.1 From the California Department of Public Health July 22, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak Investigation and Reporting Thresholds (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-75) ​AUTHORITY:     Title 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR) sections 2500, 2501, and 2502; Title 22 CCR sections 70737, 70739, 72523, 72539, and 72541 All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL reminds licensed health facilities of requirements to report outbreaks and unusual infectious disease occurrences to their local health department (LHD) and Licensing and Certification District Office and provides investigation and reporting thresholds for reporting for COVID-19. This AFL notifies all facilities that the webpage for county COVID-19 case rates has changed.

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ANNUAL INSPECTIONS UTILIZING THE INFECTION CONTROL
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California Department of Social Services PIN 21-25-ASC May 3, 2021 PIN 21-25-ASC TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: ANNUAL INSPECTIONS UTILIZING THE INFECTION CONTROL DOMAIN Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-25-ASC announces the resumption of onsite inspections during the COVID-19 state of emergency pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Resident Placement/Movement, and Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities

AFL 20-74.1 From the California Department of Public Health July 22, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Resident Placement/Movement, and Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-74) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations for PPE, resident placement/movement, and staffing based on the residents’ COVID-19 status.This revision updates the chart of recommendations to clarify when eye protections must be used and to align with the latest CalOSHA requirements no longer allowing extended use and reuse of respirators.

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