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COVID-19 Testing Requirements and Visitation Guidelines Revised 9.23.2022 - Top 5 Things You Need to Know

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1. COVID-19 Routine Testing

Routine testing of asymptomatic staff is no longer recommended but may be performed at the discretion of the facility.

Updated recommendations for testing individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

2. COVID-19 Outbreak

An outbreak investigation is initiated when

  • a single new case of COVID-19 occurs among residents or
  • staff to determine if others have been exposed.

An outbreak investigation would not be triggered when:

  • a resident with known COVID-19 is admitted directly into TBP, or
  • when a resident known to have close contact with someone with COVID-19 is admitted directly into TBP and develops COVID-19 before TBP are discontinued.

3. Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

Facilities should provide guidance (e.g., posted signs at entrances) about recommended actions for visitors who have:

  • a positive viral test for COVID-19,
  • symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Visitors with confirmed COVID-19 infection or compatible symptoms should defer non-urgent in-person visitation until they meet CDC criteria for healthcare settings to end isolation.

For visitors who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection, it is safest to defer non-urgent in-person visitation until 10 days after their close contact if they meet criteria described in CDC healthcare guidance (e.g., cannot wear source control).

4. Face Coverings and Masks During Visits

If the nursing home’s county COVID-19 community transmission is high, everyone in a healthcare setting should wear face coverings or masks.

If the nursing home’s county COVID-19 community transmission is not high, the safest practice is for residents and visitors to wear face coverings or masks, however, the facility could choose not to require visitors wear face coverings or masks while in the facility, except during an outbreak. The facility’s policies regarding face coverings and masks should be based on recommendations from the CDC, state and local health departments, and individual facility circumstances.

Regardless of the community transmission level, residents and their visitors when alone in the resident’s room or in a designated visitation area, may choose not to wear face coverings or masks and may choose to have close contact (including touch).

Residents (or their representative) and their visitors should be advised of the risks of physical contact prior to the visit.

If a roommate is present during the visit, it is safest for the visitor to wear a face covering or mask.

5. COVID-19 Community Transmission Metric

NOTE: CDC states that COVID-19 Community Transmission is the metric currently recommended to guide select practices in healthcare settings to allow for earlier intervention, before there is strain on the healthcare system, including its workforce, and better protect the vulnerable individuals seeking care in these settings.

The COVID-19 Community Transmission Metric is different than the COVID-19 Community Level Metric used for non-healthcare settings. Nursing homes should use the Community Transmission Level metric not the Community Level metric.

Download The Latest Documents

Covid 19 Testing Requirements Revised 9.23.2022

Covid 19 Visitation Guidelines Revised 9.23.2022

 


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Topics: Regulatory, COVID-19


Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA

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Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA
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