Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and Return to Work for HCP with COVID-19

AFL 21-08.5 From the California Department of Public Health  October 11, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs)Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and Return to Work for HCP with COVID-19(This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08.4) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The purpose of this AFL is to provide health care facilities with guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed HCP working in hospitals and SNFs.

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Press Release: COVID-19 Cases Among Skilled Nursing Facilities Decline

Courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Health Media Contact: media@ph.lacounty.gov – (213) 240-8144 For Immediate Release:September 22, 2021 COVID-19 Cases Among Skilled Nursing Facilities Decline   41 New Deaths and 1,750 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County In parallel with the overall trend in Los Angeles County, COVID-19 case numbers among staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities increased in early-July through mid-August and have begun to decline in the past few weeks.  During the week ending August 8, 123 cases were reported among residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities.

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Vaccination Rates for Nursing Home Staff and Residents Now Available on Care Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a September 21, 2021 press release that it has added a new feature to its Care Compare website to make it easier to check COVID-19 vaccination rates for nursing home staff and residents. The information is intended to help people make informed decisions when choosing a nursing home. To access the vaccination rate data, search a nursing home’s zip code or city on Care Compare, click on the name of the nursing home, then scroll down to click “View COVID-19 Vaccination Rates” to see the data.

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BYD Field Action Notification

AFL 21-37 From the California Department of Public Health September 22, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: BYD Field Action Notification All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities that a subset of model DE2322 N95 respirator units that were distributed do not meet the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) criteria and should be returned to the manufacturer.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements

AFL 21-36 From the California Department of Public Health September 17, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-32.3) AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF)                                 Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF), N-08-21 (PDF), and N-12-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL temporarily waives specified space conversion requirements until December 31, 2021.

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Guidance for In-Center Services and Operation of ADHCs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 21-35 From the California Department of Public Health September 17, 2021 TO: Adult Day Health Centers (ADHCs) SUBJECT: Guidance for In-Center Services and Operation of ADHCs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides guidance for ADHCs to operate and safely return to in-center services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER N-12-21 REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND EXPIRATION OF STATEWIDE WAIVERS IN THE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-18-CCLD September 10, 2021 PIN 21-18-CCLD (Supersedes in part PIN 20-28-CCLD)(Supersedes PIN 21-10-CCLD) TO: CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATORS (PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT)ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TRAINING VENDORS Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER N-12-21 REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND EXPIRATION OF STATEWIDE WAIVERS IN THE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-18-CCLD supersedes, in part, PIN 20-28-CCLD, dated December 15, 2020, related to statewide waivers allowing certain online courses available to Prospectiveand Current Certified Administrators of Adult Residential Facilities, Group Homes, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, and Short-Term Residential TherapeuticPrograms and Administrator Certification Program Training Vendors.

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Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

AFL 21-08.4 From the California Department of Public Health September 9, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs)Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2(This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08.3) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The purpose of this AFL is to provide health care facilities with guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed HCP working in hospitals and SNFs, and SNF residents.This revision includes guidance on return to work for HCP diagnosed with COVID-19, including strategies to mitigate HCP staffing shortages.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Personnel (HCP)

AFL 21-34 From the California Department of Public Health September 9, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Personnel (HCP) ​AUTHORITY:     State Public Health Order – Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of the August 5, 2021 Public Health Order related to mandatory vaccination for health care workers in identified healthcare settings.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (HHA Training Programs)

AFL 20-57.2 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (HHA Training Programs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-57.1) AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Orders  N-39-20 (PDF) and N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all HHA Training Programs of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHA Training Programs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This revision notifies all facilities that the temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements is extended until December 31, 2021 in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).  Background Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may waive any of the professional certification requirements and amend scopes of practice of Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC) and accompanying regulations with respect to home health aides.

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