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COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, March 30, 2020
Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020

                                              
 March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update
March 30, 2020
1pm


Governor Cooper Issues Stay at Home Order
Governor Cooper has ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days (until April 29, 2020) in another step to slow the spread of COVID-19. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect this afternoon (Monday, March 30) at 5 pm and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people. The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. The Order has the force of law and will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide. Click here for a handy FAQ prepared by the Governor’s office.

LeadingAge North Carolina's Weekly COVID-19 Support Call
LeadingAge North Carolina's weekly COVID-19 support call for members will take place today, Monday, March 30th at 3:00pm. Feel free to invite staff to participate. During these calls members are invited to ask questions, share resources, generally problem-solve and support one another. To participate, dial 201-616-0673, and enter passcode 841692.

New Interpretation Broadens FMLA Exemptions
Hot off the press! LeadingAge national has just released a new FAQ on the Department of Labor’s revised interpretation of FMLA exemptions. It provides excellent guidance around the new paid sick leave and FMLA provisions in the Families First Response Act.

CMS “Accelerated and Advance Payments” Fact Sheet
In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by COVID-19, CMS has expanded its current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. The expansion of this program is only for the duration of the public health emergency. An informative Fact Sheet will also help guide you through the process.

NC DHHS Provides New Updates on Testing Procedures and Policies
The latest memo provides information and guidance on 1) updated criteria for submission of specimens to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (including long-term care and healthcare workers prioritized in testing at state public health laboratory), 2) providers no longer asked to fill out “person under investigation forms” for patients tested for COVID-19, and 3) requirements for reporting of COVID-19-associated deaths. Click here for the full memorandum.

COVID-19 Dashboard Includes More Data
The state of North Carolina continually updates its COVID-19 Dashboard. It includes the following information for North Carolina:
• Number of Cases Statewide and by County
• Number of Deaths Statewide and by County
• Number of Tests Completed
• Number of People Currently Hospitalized
• Percent of Cases by Age Range
• Percent of Deaths by Age Range
• Percent of Cases by Gender
• Percent of Deaths by Gender
• Number of Intensive Care Unit Beds – Total and Empty
• Number of Inpatient Hospital Beds – Total and Empty

Healthcare Personnel Risk Assessment and Guidance on Possible Exposure Scenarios
CDC has revised their guidance for Healthcare providers to better assess when healthcare personnel are safe to return to work.

New CMS Toolkit on Telehealth
CMS has released a Nursing Home Telehealth Toolkit. The toolkit presents policy changes that build on the blanket waiver changes CMS is implementing. Nursing homes (and states) do not need to apply to use the new flexibilities. A Special Bulletin specific to North Carolina has also been published by NC DHHS.

Massachusetts Skilled Nursing Facilities Being Converted into COVID-19 Recovery Centers

Skilled nursing facilities across the state of Massachusetts are being emptied of residents to help take pressure off hospitals to serve as COVID-19 treatment centers. Click here for a Boston Globe article outlining the challenge.

Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children
Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The map is updated daily.

Screening Flowchart for End-of-Life Inpatient Hospice and Nursing

This handy screening tool provided by LeadingAge national provides you and your staff with an at-a-glance flowchart for end-of-life visitor and hospice worker screenings.

New Patient Fact Sheet Available – “What to do if You Feel Sick”

For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the CDC now recommends you stay home and call your doctor if you need medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home. NCDHHS has developed a Fact Sheet to help North Carolinians know what to do if they feel sick.

CDC Offers Perspective on Animals and COVID-19
The CDC has information on their website about companion animals and COVID-19. While there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19, you should keep in mind common-sense reminders: have residents wash their hands/use hand sanitizer after petting a facility pet, bathe your facility pet - and then wash your own hands - after the furry friend has gone visiting with residents. And remember that studies of surface materials have revealed some limited findings on how long COVID can live on various surfaces: copper - 4 hours, cardboard - 24 hours, plastic and steel - 72 hours.

Daily Tips and Ideas to Help Kids Learn and Play
Check out PBSKids for Parents for daily ideas to help kids play and learn at home.

Practical Tools for Staff Conversations
In an effort to help our leaders inspire and motivate their teams, here is today’s short excerpt for your use:

During difficult times, it is important to find levity and light…ask your team “What songs would they include on a COVID-19 music Playlist?” (You might get them started with “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” by The Police)

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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