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COVID-19 Update May 18, 2020

Posted By Leslie Roseboro, Thursday, May 21, 2020


May 18, 2020

 

COVID-19 Update

 

NCDHHS Updates Guidance on Who Should be Tested for COVID-19
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance Friday on who should be tested for COVID-19. The new guidance recommends that clinicians test any patient in whom COVID-19 is suspected. The new guidance recommends clinicians ensure the following populations have access to testing, regardless of symptoms:

  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
  • Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms
  • Persons who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)
  • Persons who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions)
  • Persons who come from historically marginalized populations
  • Health care workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military)
  • Front-line and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain

Testing, along with contact tracing and supplies of personal protective equipment, is part of the state’s strategy to slowly ease restrictions, while protecting North Carolinians from COVID-19. The state is looking at a composite of metrics to guide its path forward, including the number of cases, the percent of tests that are positive, the number of hospitalizations and the number of emergency department visits for COVID-like illness. Friday, Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Cohen shared these metrics remain stable for the first week of Phase 1.

The new guidance updates testing criteria for the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Those include hospitalized patients, health care workers or first responders, persons who live in or have regular contact with a high-risk setting, persons who are at higher risk of severe illness and for whom a clinician has determined that results would inform clinical management, and uninsured patients.

PPE Available Through Value First
Value First, the group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 24 other state LeadingAge associations, has a number of PPE supplies available. For more information or to coordinate orders, please reach out to our Value First representative, Bobby Bernal, at (850) 509-8112:

  • Reusable personal safety masks – America Knits, Standard Textile – American Knits is caught up on orders, so any orders placed today will ship in 2 days.
  • Reusable gowns – America Knits, Standard Textile, Encompass – American Knits has capacity of approximately 8k – 10k gowns per week starting the 3rd week of June. Value First is just starting to promote this to members.
  • Disposable gowns – Jostens – they were initially overwhelmed with member orders and stopped accepting new orders, but the latest update this week is they plan to have tripled their capacity in the next two weeks and hope to be caught up by then. Value First is currently telling members to allow 4-6 weeks for new orders, but that may be improving.
  • Face shields – Cintas, Hubert as well as a number of local manufacturers – this item doesn’t seem to be much of a challenge to find anymore.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Cintas, US Foods, Sysco – Cintas requires a minimum purchase of a full pallet. US Foods has an agreement with Bevolution to distribute hand sanitizer and Sysco has partnered with a manufacturer and should have product available to their customers.
  • COVID-19 test kits – This is a new development, but Vizient entered into a contract with a company that can provide test kits with a seven-day lead time. One of the complicating issues is this is just the test kit, so the member would then need to send the sample to a lab for analysis.


Don’t Forget!
Our weekly LeadingAge North Carolina “COVID-19 Call-in” will be held this afternoon at 2 pm. Call-in to share what you’re hearing, seeing, and doing and learn from your peers across the state. To access the call, dial (201) 616-0673 and, when prompted, enter the passcode 841692.

Free Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool
Maximize your workforce and maintain quality standards with LeadingAge’s new Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool. The new, free, 9-hour training will help you redeploy current staff, and train displaced workers and others new to our field. Developed by EduCare©, this new program is designed specifically for the Basic Care Aide role and provides a foundation for the skills for a variety of settings. The training tool is FREE to members and is available now on the Learning Hub.

Protecting Mental Health and Wellbeing During the Pandemic
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic goes beyond physical health. The mental health and wellbeing of residents, clients, leadership, and staff are also at risk. LeadingAge is offering resources to help you address these aspects of the public health crisis.
The LeadingAge Knowledge Center continues to add new content, including learning tools for the wellness and mental health challenges. The third of the new Virtual Sessions will be held June 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET:

Free QuickCasts offer on-demand, short-form learning opportunities:

Access these and other resources for free on the Learning Hub page.

Practical Tools for Staff Conversations

In an effort to help our leaders inspire and motivate their teams, here is today’s short tool:

Albert Einstein, the German-American physicist who is probably the most well- known scientist of the 20th century, said that, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Check in question: How has your response to COVID-19 forced you to look at things in a different way? How can you work to constantly change the lenses through which you see the pandemic and your response to it?

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


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