Wednesday LTC Provider Call - DPHS - Shared screen with speaker view
Is serial testing suggested for Assisted Living Facilities
Aaron, Out kits arrived from Mako with return labels and FEDEX envelopes. 1) should specimens be refrigerated? 2) should envelopes be padded to prevent breakage?
caroline hanly Rn
Good afternoon everyone, Is there a higher risk of transmission if one is near an asymptomatic person who is activity vaping/smoking
MAKO has been great with communication, We are set up and have received sampling Kits
I finished my linelist today. I did not have a drop down for yes/no.
Toni Hanson - Bel-Air Nursing and Rehab, Goffstown
We do not have the column of testing on ours either.
we had done initial surveillance testing with employees on May 13th and 14th and residents on may 18th, could we use this as our baseline testing or no because the CRSSSP program started June 1st?
Mako suggested that you make us small labels with name and date of birth for the sample vials
MAKO bags are flat plastic FEDEX bags - no padding
We are an free standing Assisted Living- With staff who have traveled outside of NH, ME, VT do you still recommend a 14 day quarantine for these staff. A related question- could we COVID test these staff to shorten quarantine? Or do they not need to quarantine at all?
What is the email to send to MAKO to open the account now that the Medical Director has signed the form. Ty
If a resident has a hospital stay for a non-COVID reasons and is tested negative then goes to a skilled facility for rehab and is on quarantine with staff wearing full PPE and tests negative again prior to discharge do they need to be on quarantine again when they come back to our facility?
Disregard my question, I found the email address for Mako. TY
Mako told us ship within 24 hours if room temp or 72 hours if refrigerated https://makomedical.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/MAKO-COVID-19-FAQ.pdf
do we know how long surveillance testing will go on?
Does each staff member need to complete a consent form?
Lori said they would look at it after 4 cycles.
Is the state going to continue to pay for the testing for the entire year?
I just looked at our spread sheets and there is no coloumn for yes or no
Yesterday they asked that we push question to today asking if we can begin OUTSIDE social gatherings if we are a COVID free ALF?
Can you talk about ASAP testing
And yesterday it was also suggested to move this question to today - as a COVID free ALF, can we open doors to new residents?
PPTs and recordings will be posted to www.nhhca.org/covid-19/
Lisa Henderson-LeadingAge ME & NH
It's my understanding that the review after 4 rounds was to assess whether the frequency of surveillance testing needed to continue at this pace and also to revisit expanding to AL but there was not a statement that testing might end altogether after 4 cycles. I also recall Commissioner Shibinette referring to a year of testing.
If we are a COVID free facility, is it okay for residents to visit with one another (on the same floor) if they are 6 ft apart and wearing a mask? Some of the residents enjoy visiting with one another since they cannot see their families.
Could you confirm if it is a requirement at this time to test new employees for COVID-19 prior to starting employment?
Amy R. Thornton
what are your thoughts about AL communities allowing residents having 1-2 visitors outside with all precautions put into place?
Please send all Account setup info for MAKO to LTCFtesting@dhhs.nh.gov. Once your account is set up MAKO will provide you with a point of contact email at Mako
Are there any stats on symptomatic vs asymptomatic positives?
why are the cms death totals so much lower than NH-DHHS?
Lisa Henderson-LeadingAge ME & NH
Would the restriction on therapy animals in long term care facilities be applicable to hospitals?
What about residents that desire to smoke?
News reported Governor opened up visits from family to nursing homes residents. Just to clarify as a COVID free ALF, we can now allow family visits outside as long as we follow social distance, masks, hygiene protocols?
We are hearing that many HCP are going to be attending gatherings in NH with more than 20 people such as a graduation celebration or weddings with extended family and friends. How should we proceed with their resuming work after these events?
What's recommendation for COVID free ALF aligning services with resident nneds for PT, OT and Psycologists - better to bring people in or take residents out to these specialists? The need is acute.
Dentist offices are open, so is it OK for our contracted general dentist to do appts here in- house in our dedicated dental office with appropriate PPE?
Ca we bring our hairdresser back into our COVID free ALF now that these services are back open?
How many degrees of separation from contact with a COVID 19 positive warrants a 14-day quarantine if everyone in the chain of contact with COVID 19 positive person has had multiple negative test results? For example, my friends, friend tested positive do I need to quarantine for 14-days. My friend and I have both had multiple negative test results over the past 7 days and no symptoms.