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Delaware Reopening Phase 2 Set for June 15, Extends State of Emergency

— Governor John Carney announced that Delaware’s Economic Reopening Phase 2 will go into effect on June 15.  During this phase, locations currently operating at 30% of fire occupancy requirements may move to 60% of fire occupancy requirements, indoor gatherings are permitted with a 50-person limit with social-distancing measures, and fully outdoor gathers can have up... Read More

AHCA/NCAL Statement on Racial Inequality Across the Nation and in Long Term Care

— The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in reaction to rising protests across the country following the death of George Floyd as well... Read More

AHCA/NCAL Statement in Response to CMS, CDC Data on Nursing Homes and COVID-Related Cases

— The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement in response to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on... Read More

Governor Carney Releases Phase 1 Reopening

— Governor John Carney on Friday released guidance  for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses. Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening will begin on June 1. Delaware has been implementing a rolling reopening of the economy — permitting establishments to open,... Read More

Governor Carney Announces Statewide Contact Tracing Plan for COVID-19

— From Governor Carney’s Newsroom:  Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware entered into an agreement with the nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to build Delaware’s statewide contact tracing program to contain COVID-19, limit Delawareans’ exposure to the disease, and restart Delaware’s economy. The contact tracing program builds on Delaware’s statewide plan to... Read More

Delaware Division of Public Health Issues Plan for Universal Testing

— The Division of Public Health has posted its plan to implement universal testing for COVID-19 for all long-term care facilities, residents and staff.  Key points to the plan include: Current CDC guidelines allows asymptomatic health care workers who have ad exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 after all options to improve staffing have been... Read More

CDC Launches NHSN Long-term Care Facility COVID-10 Module for Reporting

— The Center for Disease Control has launched its Long-term Care Facilities COVID-19 Module for reporting as part of its National Health Care Safety Network. CMS is requiring that long-term care facilities report weekly using this module, beginning May 8. This means the first report is due May 17 by 11:59 pm. Facilities have been granted... Read More

CMS Issues Additional Blanket Waivers

— CMS has  issued another series of additional blanket waivers that address requirements for: Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) In-service training for nursing assistants Detailed information sharing for discharge planning in long-term care facilities Clinical records Inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) under the physical environment These waivers are retroactive to March 1 2020 and will... Read More

CMS Develops Application for CMP Reinvestment for Communicative Technology

— The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed an application template for the use of Civil Money Penalty (CMP) reinvestment funds to provide residents with adaptive communicative technology to help long-term care residents stay in touch with their family and friends while visitation is restricted due to COVID-19. Such technologies include iPad, iPad Mini,... Read More