You may have heard that the CDC has changed it’s guidance toward masking. What changed for healthcare settings?
The CDC has emphasized that the revised guidance is not applicable to healthcare settings.
The CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance defines “healthcare settings” as “places where healthcare is delivered and includes, but is not limited to, acute care facilities, long-term acute-care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, home healthcare, vehicles where healthcare is delivered (e.g., mobile clinics), and outpatient facilities, such as dialysis centers, physician offices, dental offices, and others.”
LeadingAge also questioned the applicability to Assisted Living, HCBS, and Home Health services. According to the CDC, these entities should continue to follow healthcare guidelines.
Yesterday we had a staff member test positive in the Assisted Living Memory Care Community. Out an abundance of caution, all ALMC residents were PCR tested at the end of the day. Results have returned and we have no new positives on the 3rd floor.
All Life Enrichment Activities and Communal Dining opened back up today for Heritage and Expansion Wing residents (HOORAY!), with enforced masking and safe social distancing at tables and in common spaces as a caveat.