Courtesy of the California Department of Social Services Primary Audience:ALL COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION (CCLD) LICENSEES AND PROVIDERSThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and remain prevalent in our daily lives. Recently, a new variant of COVID-19 was identified in South Africa and labeled by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern. The variant has officially been named by the WHO as Omicron.The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a press statement which can be found online here. It is anticipated that information about the new variant will change as additional information is known. A fact sheet on the most current information about the Omicron variant can be found online here. CCLD would like to remind you of actions which can be taken by everyone to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant: Get Vaccinated: All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in California are safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Vaccination will protect you, caregivers, facility staff, persons in care and loved ones. Children ages 5 and older are now eligible for vaccination. Additionally, adults over the age of 18 who are at least six months since their last doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or at least two months since their single-dose of Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) are eligible for a booster.
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Health Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – (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.
Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 28, 2020 Contact:Los Angeles County Joint Information Centerpio@ceooem.lacounty.gov L.A. COUNTY, CITY OF L.A., CURATIVE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO VACCINATE RESIDENTS AND STAFF AT NURSING HOMES To date, 66,000 Los Angeles County health care workers have received the COVID-19 vaccine Los Angeles County today announced the launch of a partnership with the City of Los Angeles and public health service startup Curative to deliver and administer the COVID-19 Moderna vaccines to staff and residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) in Los Angeles County.
Courtesy of the CDSS Primary Audience: ALL COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING DIVISION LICENSEES California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Quarantine Guidance On December 14, 2020, CDPH updated quarantine guidance for those that were in close contact to a COVID-19 positive person. Please see the updated quarantine guidance at COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance which applies to all CDSS licensed facilities.
Courtesy of the CDSS The California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) Community Care Licensing Division has released: THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19. Primary Audience: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE (ASC) PROGRAM LICENSEES Summary:The Playbook for COVID-19 provides guidance to ASC licensees, administrators and caregivers on COVID-19 safety precautions, including sanitation and disinfection, physical distancing, and other guidance to assist facilities in their response to COVID-19. An electronic copy of THE PLAYBOOK FOR COVID-19 is available for viewing/downloading by clicking on the following link:The Playbook for COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the CCLD homepage for updated information regarding COVID-19.
Courtesy of the CDSS Download and read the CDSS Summer 2020 Quarterly Updates (PDF)
By Priya Chidambaram, Courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation Over the last month, many states have seen a surge of coronavirus cases, particularly in states that have loosened social distancing requirements. Data shows that younger people make up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states, and much recent media coverage has focused on the resurgence of the pandemic being driven by cases among younger adults.
Courtesy of the Center for Medicare Advocacy The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised its guidance on visitations to nursing facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic via seven Frequently Asked Questions. CMS is authorizing additional, more flexible guidance on visitation, while reiterating the need for screening, social distancing, hand hygiene, and face coverings during all visits.
Courtesy of the California Department of Health Care Services DHCS launched a free, 24/7 Medi-Nurse advice line (877) 409-9052 to answer questions about COVID-19 for anyone who: · Doesn’t have insurance, or · Is a Medi-Cal beneficiary but doesn’t have a regular doctor or managed care plan to oversee their care. The nurses who field the questions can help callers: · Understand if symptoms might be related to COVID-19 · Determine whether they need to self-isolate · Decide if they need to see a doctor to get tested and/or treated · Connect with a Medi-Cal provider who can help them get enrolled Flyers and social media content to share are on the DHCS website (dhcs.ca.gov/medi-nurse).
Courtesy of The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Max Huntsman has been appointed as interim Inspector General to oversee the County’s skilled nursing home facilities, effective today. On May 26, the Board voted unanimously to appoint an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing home facilities, which account for more than half of the County’s deaths from COVID-19.