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COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020



COVID-19 Update
March 27, 2020

Family Medical Leave Under the Families First Bill
The FMLA provisions of the second stimulus bill have been a big source of anxiety for members. Employees are able to receive up to 10 weeks of FMLA to care for a sick relative, or a child (or older person) who is at home due to the coronavirus emergency. Last night’s Senate bill caps that at $10,000 per worker. Thisfrequently asked questionsdocument provides a summary of the provisions.

Department of Labor Online Dialogue Has Begun
The Department of Labor is holding a National Online Dialogue as the Wage and Hour division creates guidance for these and other provisions. The link to register for the National Online Dialogue is in thisnews release. It remains an open question whether DOL guidance will modify the FMLA definition.

Senate CARES Bill
This summary of the importanthousing-related provisionsof the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides information about the $50 million for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly to make up for reduced rent, maintain housing stability and help communities pay for costs associated with coronavirus, and a sweeping moratorium on eviction from federally assisted housing.

Summary of Yesterday’s HUD Call
Yesterday’s call national call with the Department of Housing and Urban Development covered: (a) how owners of federally subsidized housing can maintain the financial soundness of properties during the emergency; (b) how property staff can continue operations, such as recertifications; and (c) how the affordable housing community can support residents during this critical time. HUD continues to defer to CDC and health departments for any medical questions or issues. Click here for asummary of the HUD call.

Letter Sent to CMS On Blanket Waivers for Nursing Homes
Yesterday a letter was sent to CMS requesting the followingblanket waivers for nursing homes: (a) suspending payroll based journaling; (b) relaxing comprehensive care plan requirements and timelines; (c) relaxing requirements for physician assessment at 30, 60, and 90 days and every 60 days thereafter; (d) allowing offsite pharmacy reviews; and (e) relaxing requirements to allow all sites to function as training sites for CNA’s clinical hour requirements. If any of these are approved, the waivers would apply with no additional state application process. We’ll let you know as we hear the results of our advocacy on these issues.

Infection Control Tool
LeadingAge has developed thisInfection Control Toolfor nursing homes to use to prepare for an Infection Control Survey. It is meant to be used with the CMS COVID-19 Survey for Nursing Homes tool and links to CDC documents.

Guidance for Executive Order No. 120
The Governor’s office has released guidance aroundExecutive Order No. 120. Please note that local governments may have additional restrictions. As we read this document, it appears clear that the operation of beauty salons and indoor pools are prohibited.

NC Department of Health and Human Services Fact Sheet
The NCDHHS has developed afact sheetto help you know what to do if you are sick with the coronavirus.

Postal Service

Many members have raised concerns that postal workers are refusing to be screened when delivering mail to communities. Yesterday we received a response that offers three alternatives: (a) redirect to a temporary mail receptacle inside or outside the building where screening would not be necessary; (b) place the mail on hold at the post office for up to 30 days and pick it up; or (c) redirect all mail to an alternative location. Thisarticle explains the responseand links to the letter from the Postal Service.

Essential Worker Letter Template
Here is aletter templatefrom LeadingAge national that can be personalized and given to workers so they can show they are essential workers during a period when everyone is expected to remain at home.

LeadingAge Daily 3:30pm Call In

Today’s call will feature up to the minute policy updates and an interview with Libby Bush of Vinson Hall, talking about the complexities of leading a life plan community during the coronavirus crisis.Click herefor the link to register for the call. Please note: you only have to register one time to be registered for this 3:30pm call every day (7 days a week) through April 26.

2-1-1 Service Now Live
NC 2-1-1 is now available as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.NC 2-1-1is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. To access this service, simply dial 2-1-1- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You can also text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts North Carolina COVID-19 updates.

North Carolina Establishes Texting Tool for Food
Families who need food assistance for children can now text FOODNC to 877-877 to find free meal sites near them.

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.

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based, positive approach created by David Cooperrider that operates under the idea of focusing on what is working and shining a light on the bright spots in your organization. The practice suggests that if you only focus on fixing problems and what is not working, then your problems will get bigger.

Check-in: What are some lessons we learned this week related to things that went well that we could apply in other areas?

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 hereto view the entire page.Click hereto 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 emailingJennifer Gill. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted information.

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


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