Zoom Logo

Wednesday LTC Provider Call - DPHS - Shared screen with speaker view
Kelly Adams
03:52
I'm trying to connect the CARES Act requirements to the requirement that staff self quarantine when returning from a plane trip to Utah. 211 is telling me it's a "recommendation" that they self quarantine, not a requirement. Does anyone have a link to something in writing saying the staff member MUST self quarantine? Thank you!
Tricia Cummings
05:46
I have the same question in relation to the NH requirements for self-quarantine after returning to the state from a vacation or other nonessential travel.
lcutliffe
06:15
We heard yesterday that we could have groups of up to 10 gather outside with masks and following social distancing protocol. Residents are in desperate need of social engagement. At end of call, that seemed to be in question again - Please confirm
ALajoie
06:49
Could you confirm that it is still the case that if an asymptomatic employee tests positive with surveillance testing, they can return to work as long as they are working with positive or previously positive COVID patients as long as they remain asymptomatic.
Lisa Henderson
07:08
New PPE request form - https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=8673
Doreen Shockley
07:32
To clarify, the information shared yesterday was CDC regarding outside and that clarification specific to NH would be requested today from public health
lcutliffe
08:20
Are there still restrictions to enabling residents to walk the halls for exercise as long as they are masked and follow distancing protocol? There's significant concern of losing mobility by not staying active. Please confirm.
Lisa Henderson
15:04
COVID-19 Employee Travel, Screening, and Exclusion GuidanceMay 20, 2020https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/documents/employee-travel-guidance.pdf
Lisa Henderson
16:28
Resources to Help Facilities Plan and Respond to COVID-19 Positive Test Results Among Staffhttps://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/documents/positive-results-staff.pdf
Heather.Catizone
18:52
Dr. Talbot we are having difficulty hearing you, it sounds as if you are in a tunnel.
Amelia -Wellstone House
20:59
I can hear you fine
Tricia Cummings
22:15
sound is going in and out
Jessica Fedele
22:31
I agree, can't hear Dr. Talbot very well.
stephanpazulski
22:35
Can we do outside visits with social distancing and face covers
Hilary Seifer
22:43
Should residents who chose to go to the store or hairdresser be on quarantine when they return?
Lara Shea
23:42
Can an IL/AL community have a hairdresser return?
Ann C
23:46
Kristen, Can we get a copy of the slides sent later to our emails?
Jessica Fedele
24:28
Yes, may we get these slides via email, if possible?
Trish111
24:40
When Residents in independent living go to a physician appointment, what is the recommendation for quarantine?
Lynn Burton
26:06
If a staff member travels out of state on a family vacation, is it suggested or an order that she quarantine prior to returning to work ?
Kristen Stanton
26:50
Will the current Executive Order be extended? Families are anticipating being able to see their residents soon? It would be helpful to have something in writing to set expectations with the families and staff.
lcutliffe
28:30
For clarity -- Out of state travel does NOT include Maine and Vermont? ME/NH/VT are all considered local?
tverge
31:05
What if you live in Massachusetts and don't take public transportation?
jmiller
31:28
We had an infection control survey yesterday. During that survey, there was concern for having wall fans in our hallways to circulate the air on our COVID unit. Just to clarify based on the previous slide, this is an acceptable practice. Correct?
Angela.C.Hawthorne
34:44
Any guidance on residents who cannot wear a mask due to chronic respiratory issues?
Lisa Henderson
39:26
Question from yesterday: Many staff members in healthcare have spouses or other household members working in other facilities. If the other facility is COVID+ and your facility is negative, what are your policies in keeping your staff actively employed? Obviously depends if there has been a positive test, but assume after quarantine and negative test results.
Robin Nelson
40:29
What is your recommendation for staff refusing to be tested? It was announced in a press conference that staff could refuse to test. I understand we can't force them, but want to keep the residents safe as possible. Should we dismiss them from work until tested?
Judy Grimes
43:18
From a previous meeting I was in today, it was voiced that the state does not mandate the staff to be tested and that it was based on the facility's policy along with the facility's legal guidance
chamilton
43:20
Could you post the link to that in the chat?
joan.klebes
46:08
Could you also post the link to Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare personnel in this chat?
Angela.C.Hawthorne
47:14
What about "window visits" by appointment?
lcutliffe
47:14
If we have 1 asymptomatic positive in acute memory unit, but all AL residents are negative -are we considered our entire facility a positive facility? Our memory care is on a separate floor from AL. And as such, our entire AL is negative... so can we operate as 2 separate "units". This answer would enable AL residents to gather outside in small groups with proper distance and mask protocol...
Christy Taylor
47:31
I have the same question as Kristen Stanton:
Christy Taylor
47:34
Will the current Executive Order be extended? Families are anticipating being able to see their residents soon? It would be helpful to have something in writing to set expectations with the families and staff.
Mark Queiros
48:11
what Christy said ???
Becky
48:14
can you repeat the website
Kailey Nowalk
48:44
We were all tested (residents and staff) (ALF) We had one staff member who had there results lost by Quest. What do we about this? everyone else was negative and this person is not showing symptoms.
caroline hanly Rn
49:51
anybody have the website,? can you post it on the chat
Kailey Nowalk
50:03
https://www.nhhca.org/covid-19/
Tom Argue
50:26
Will there be a fixed site in the seacoast for employee testing? Current locations are too fara way.
caroline hanly Rn
50:26
thanks
Greg Vasse
51:21
In terms of daily screening of staff, is the facility advised to maintain logs of employee name and temperature obtained.
Crystal Hardy
51:29
If we have a large campus with staff never entering licensed buildings, do those staff members need to be included in 100% staff testing, or JUST staff in licensed buildings?
Jason Blanchette
51:58
Is the time frame from resident testing to staff testing 7 day? or 7-10days? for initial testing
Luanne Rogers
52:02
Kits will require centers to do all the testing, residents and staff.
Sarah Morazzini
52:14
This is still just for SNF's, correct?
Jasmine Gosselin
52:19
Is this still just for nursing homes or for assisted living, as well (not on same campus)?
chamilton
52:27
So is this expected to be made mandatory for all healthcare workers? Will we be using anterior nasal testing for workers as we did for residents recently for the sentinel monitoring?
gerry.caruncho@comcast.net
52:52
When will testing be available for ALF?
Lisa.Macallister
53:01
LTFCTesting@dhhs,nh.gov
Kristen Schmidt
53:01
ltcf@dhhs.nh.govName of ContactFacility NameEmail & Phone
Lisa Henderson
53:20
Confirmed with Commissioner Shibinette this AM that the surveillance testing will be only SNF/NF at this time.
Aaron.M.McIntire
53:24
CORRECTED EMAIL LTCFTESTING@DHHS.NH.GOV
Kristen Schmidt
53:28
(603) 271-5980 Coordinating Office
Jasmine Gosselin
54:12
When will ALFs be included in the COVID testing surveillance program? Our residents are the same age, have the same comorbidities, the same acuity as Nursing Home level of folks. Our residents haven’t left the building since 3/11, it’s the staff who would introduce the virus. We want to stop it at the door.
Luanne Rogers
55:01
can heather clarify that it is the responsibility for centers to do the testing.
Angela.C.Hawthorne
55:03
In a previous meeting, it was said that testing is not mandatory. Can you please clarify?
gerry.caruncho@comcast.net
55:03
Agreed
kdubay
56:22
karen.dubay@cmc-nh.org
Judy Grimes
56:58
I've contacted the mobile unit multiple times to set up initial testing for our staff. I am still waiting. Do I wait for this reference lab or continue to call the mobile unit coordinator? We have not had any staff tested yet, but all our residents have been done.
PF
59:23
How long does a community need to be COVID free to be considered a cleared community?
brostron
01:00:37
Do the guidance docs include permission forms? Also, we provided our information for mobile testing on Thursday last week. When should we expect to be contacted? Thx, Beth
gerry.caruncho@comcast.net
01:01:11
My facility is paying out of pocket for every 10 day testing. This is prohibitive
Tom Argue
01:01:14
I am having trouble getting that website to open up. Anyone else?
Shirlina Demond
01:01:20
If you have symptomatic residents do we still request test kit and pick up from public health or do we have to request them from the new e-mail we just received?
Mark Queiros
01:02:23
why would they not be included when we are on lock down ? and have to follow all the guidelines
lmcintire
01:02:24
In a call this morning with the Commissioner, it was clarified that the testing does not include any previously positive residents or staff. What is the 5 week timeline just mentioned?
Kelly Adams
01:03:20
who do we email to request on going testing for an ALF (not connected to SNF)?
Jason Blanchette
01:03:24
What is the time frame from resident testing to staff testing? Initial testing. 7 days or 7 to 10 days?
Sarah Morazzini
01:03:28
Will ALF's be able to open without this testing done or is it anticipated that they will not reopen until they are included in the testing? (potentially longer wait for ALFs)?
Mark Queiros
01:04:28
why would ALF'S not be included when we are on lock down ? with the equal amount of elderly and have to follow all the guidelines
Brendan Williams
01:06:57
We understand from Commissioner Shibinette that they will be looking at this testing for ALFs too, but that isn't determined yet.
Presidential Oaks
01:08:41
After we collect the specimen, how will they be stored and transported to the laboratory?
Cheryl
01:08:41
I do believe the surveyors are asking for those logs
Robin Nelson
01:08:45
You will be asked to show your screening data on an infection control survey
mcain
01:08:56
On the call with Kristie Holz this week she said NH DHHS is looking at logs...you need the logs.
Shirlina Demond
01:09:02
Surveyors are asking for the logs
Jason Blanchette
01:09:12
What is the time frame from resident testing to staff testing? Initial testing. 7 days or 7 to 10 days?
Jennifer Massicotte
01:10:13
my staff set up their own appointments via website and all of mine have been tested. Their appointments were very quick
Luanne Rogers
01:12:19
the mobile testing unit manned by the national guard will be leaving. That is why we need to be doing our own testing per the commissioner.
Paula
01:13:40
We did go through public health and no answer in 10 days. They said it was not processed yet.
Mark Queiros
01:15:25
we have contacted dph 10 days ago in regards to resident test with multiple follow up calls and emails with no response
Judy Grimes
01:18:03
I was informed that we did not need a consent for the residents that were tested
Mark Queiros
01:18:12
I have emailed heather
Aaron.M.McIntire
01:18:31
Testing can be scheduled via COVIDTESTING@DHHS.NH.GOV
Crystal Hardy
01:18:40
All staff tested on campus, or just those working in resident living areas?
Heather.M.Moquin
01:18:47
Thanks Mark. I have forwarded this concern.
Angela.C.Hawthorne
01:20:54
Can a healthcare worker refuse testing?
Presidential Oaks
01:22:32
EEOC has stated that testing may be a condition of employment. I'll send the link
Aaron.M.McIntire
01:22:54
COVIDTESTING@DHHS.NH.GOVis the email for setting up testing.
Tricia Cummings
01:23:18
For whatever it's worth, our attorney said we could make testing a condition of employment.
Laura Mills
01:23:35
Ours did, too.
sraymond
01:23:53
I used LTCtesting@dhhs.gov and my email went through
Aaron.M.McIntire
01:24:28
https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
Tricia Cummings
01:24:44
If Dr. Talbot is on the call, can she address the use of shields rather than face masks for residents who don't tolerate a mask? Also in areas that are really hot such as the dishroom and when cooking?
Presidential Oaks
01:25:44
https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws
mcain
01:27:30
I would say to look at COVID testing as we look at TB testing. Not altogether different really.
Alison Kivikoski
01:28:23
We have staff that live in MA and commute daily to our facility, or some may have doctors in MA; is there any guidance related to quarantining afer "travel" to MA? These are all employees that use personal and not public transportation.
Lynn Burton
01:28:31
I am still unclear on quarantine of a staff member following an out of state vacation. Is it suggested or mandated ?
Judy Grimes
01:29:57
Do you need a resident signed permission form in order to test the residents?
Heather.M.Moquin
01:30:21
To clarify: to reach the coordinating team for surveillance testing and to give us your facility contact information--ltcftesting@dhhs.nh.gov or call 271-5980
seliz
01:33:17
thank you to everyone who is working so hard on this.