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COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, March 26, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020

                                              
 March 26, 2020


COVID-19 Update
March 26, 2020
2pm



US Senate Passes Bill to Provide COVID-19 Relief; Now Moves to US House
Late last night, the U.S. Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The U.S. House hopes to approve the legislation tomorrow. The Bill provides significant relief for those struggling through the COVID-19 crisis and for many of their employees and clients. There is a ton that remains to be worked out in terms of the specifics; at this point, highlights from the Bill include:

  • A forgivable emergency small business loan program that will essentially provide grants to nonprofits (with 500 or fewer employees) and small businesses to cover the costs of payroll and operations between February 15 and June 30.
  • Significant increases in unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have lost their jobs, including providing coverage to many nonprofit workers who are currently ineligible for UI benefits.
  • Direct payments to Americans, including payments to adults of $1,200 and $500 per child ($3,400 for a family of four) to be sent out in weeks. The amount of the payments phases out for high-income adults.

LeadingAge Hosts Daily 3:30 pm Call
Today’s call will feature policy developments related to COVID-19. To register for the calls, follow this link - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1365743381042881035. You only have to register one time and will be automatically registered for the 3:30 call every day (7 days a week) through April 26.

Department of Labor National Online Dialogue
The Department of Labor issued a news release yesterday announcing a National Online Dialogue between now and March 29 for employers and workers to help “shape the development” of Department of Labor’s compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Here’s the link to register to participate. The only thing we’ve seen come out of the Department of Labor related to sick leave and FMLA under the Families First legislation is the news release. They previously posted a news release and some explainers and FAQs, but nothing indicating they are going to create additional exemptions for LTSS workers (CNAs, personal care aides, home health aides, LPNs, etc.). Despite lobbying on the issue, it did not get traction in the House or Senate and does not appear to be in the bills that have been circulating. The House, in fact, was looking to further constrict the exemptions for healthcare providers.


Supporting Social Connectedness through Technology
This 7-minute LeadingAge national QuickCast offers ideas to leverage a variety of available technologies to connect older adults during times of social distancing.

CDC Guidance for Hospitals on Transferring Questions
CDC has posted information about discharging COVID-19 patients from hospitals. It’s called “Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance)” and it is aimed toward hospitals. It clarifies that patients with COVID-19 can be discharged from a hospital whenever clinically indicated. It specifically covers “if discharged to a LTC or assisted living facility.” Patients can be discharged to a LTC or AL facility, and:

  • Transmission based precautions are still required…they should go to a facility with ability to…ideally, place the person in a location designated for COVID-19 patients.
  • Transmission based precautions have been discontinued, but the person is still symptomatic…place the person in a single room, restrict them to the room, and wear a face mask during care.
  • Transmission based precautions have been discontinued and they are symptom free…no further restrictions.

Watch for more information specific to North Carolina from us in the next 24 hours.

Post-acute Preparedness for COVID-19
At the same time the CDC was posting guidance, The Journal of the American Medical Association network published this article on “Post-acute Preparedness for COVID-19: Thinking Ahead.” Discussing how patients are “likely to be transferred to post-acute settings, the authors make this important point: No individual who has COVID-19 should be discharged to a mainstream post-acute care setting except for those rare instances in which the facility can safely and effectively isolate the patient from other residents. There is still uncertainty around how long patients remain contagious after clinical recovery, so testing guidelines may need to be revised as additional information becomes available.”


Foreclosure Relief for Employees
Here’s a template letter that may be shared with employees about foreclosure relief.

CMS Holds COVID-19 PACE Call
A CMS PACE call was held yesterday. Here is a of summary the call. Bottom line: CMS advises providers use their best judgment and offered hints there will be future guidance.

Infection Control…How Long Does Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?
The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have been researching how long Coronavirus lives in the air and on various surfaces. This link will take you to the latest findings-
Up In The Air: How Coronavirus Lives in the Air and On Surfaces

Practical Tools for Staff Conversations
In an effort to help our leaders inspire and motivate their teams, we will be providing a short excerpt or tool that you can use each day.

“Everyone is a bit scared, but we are less scared together. Tears fall for a reason and they are your strength not weakness. Asking for help isn’t giving up, it’s refusing to give up.”

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

Check in- How can the team help you feel less worried or anxious today?

COVID-19 Information Pages
In addition to these daily email updates, LeadingAge North Carolina is updating our COVID-19 resource page every day with information from trusted sources, including from our business members. Click here to view the entire page. Click here to view the section of the page that highlights business member expertise in areas such as investments, financing, human resources, and rehabilitation as those topics relate to COVID-19. All business members are invited to share their COVID-19 resources by emailing Jennifer Gill. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted information.

In addition, LeadingAge national keeps their COVID-19 resource page updated. Be sure to bookmark these pages today.


 

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