Recall Notice of Advoque Safeguard N95 Particulate Filtering Respirator

AFL 20-71 From the California Department of Public Health September 14, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Recall Notice of Advoque Safeguard N95 Particulate Filtering Respirator All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies healthcare facilities that Advoque Safeguard issued a recall for its N95 Particulate Filtering Respirator, model number ADV001, effective September 10, 2020. Advoque masks containing the specific National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approval number TC-84A-PH02, including masks distributed prior to September 10, 2020, may no longer be distributed and used as an N95 level respirator.

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Non-Emergency Transportation during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 20-70 From the California Department of Public Health September 14, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing FacilitiesSUBJECT: Non-Emergency Transportation during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for non-emergency transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. SNFs are responsible for providing care to residents and must ensure residents are able to attend medical appointments.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

AFL 20-53.3 From the California Department of Public Health September 12, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel (HCP) and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-53.2) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for SNFs developing COVID-19 Mitigation Plans.

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AFL 20-69 Survey Priorities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 20-69 From the California Department of Public Health September 11, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Survey Priorities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic ​AUTHORITY:Health and Safety Code section 1278 ​All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL describes the surveys that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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INFORMATIONAL CALL REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19): CASE STUDIES IN ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-29-ASC TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: INFORMATIONAL CALL REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19): CASE STUDIES IN ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-29-ASC announces an upcoming informational call with Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees on September 16, 2020 regarding COVID-19 case studies Download PDF HERE

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REGIONAL OFFICE INFORMATIONAL “TOWN HALL” CALLS

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-30-ASC TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE LICENSEES Original signed by Pamela Dickfoss FROM: PAMELA DICKFOSS Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: REGIONAL OFFICE INFORMATIONAL “TOWN HALL” CALLS Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-30-ASC announces Regional Office informational calls to provide Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees guidance and resources.

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Urge Governor to Protect Nursing Home Residents from Deadly Power Outages

Please help support SB 1207 (Jackson) by urging Governor Newsom to sign it. This critical bill codifies federal standards that require skilled nursing facilities to have an alternative source of power to protect resident health and safety and maintain safe temperatures for 96 hours during any type of power outage. CANHR and Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County are co-sponsoring SB 1207.The Legislature gave final passage to SB 1207 on August 31 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.

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Nursing homes fret over Trump’s testing mandate

By Rachel Roubein, Politico, September 8 2020 Sarah Tongson, director of social services, gives Douglas Smith some hand santizer during a visit with his wife Deborah Trigueiro at the Life Care Center of Kirkland on Aug. 24 in Kirkland, Wash. | Karen Ducey / Getty Images The hard-hit facilities say they’re still struggling to get rapid tests and worry that a new Trump directive clashes with state guidelines.

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CANHR Report: Are Nursing Homes to Blame for Their COVID Outbreaks?

CANHR has analyzed the twenty-five biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in California nursing homes and found that they have lower staffing and quality of care measures than the state averages.  This is consistent with recent studies demonstrating a nursing home’s historical performance makes a difference when it comes to the extent of COVID outbreaks.  Quality matters now more than ever in long term care.

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How Many of These 68,000 Deaths Could Have Been Avoided?

By The New York Times Editorial Board, September 5 2020 Nursing home residents and staff members account for around 40 percent of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. There’s no justifiable reason for that. Jose Velasquez, a 79-year-old father from Bexar County, Texas, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 26 and died on April 17. During those weeks, the staff at the nursing home where he lived assured his family that he showed no symptoms of Covid-19 and, according to a lawsuit filed by his children, failed to ensure that he received proper medical care.

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