The following is a summary from the Agency for Health Care Administration: “On October 22, 2020, at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz issued Emergency Order 20-011 revising some of the requirements for individuals entering residential and long-term care facilities.
The revisions include the following:
- Collapse Essential Caregiver into the Compassionate Caregiver definition
- Require signage in the facility for infection control reminders
- Clarify hospice may serve their residents
- Allow resident visits from their legal counsel when virtual means are not available
- Eliminate maximum limit on the number of visitors a resident may have listed – the facility must have policies addressing the number of visitors allowed with a resident or in the facility at one time
- Allow children to visit with appropriate monitoring
- Allow outdoor visitation regardless of facility COVID cases”
The full Executive Order may be found at the following website: https://www.floridadisaster.org/globalassets/executive-orders/covid-19/dem-order-no.-20-011-in-re-covid-19-public-health-emergency-issued-october-22-2020.pdf.
We ask for patience as we update our current policies to reflect these changes.
Routine Testing of Staff
Porter McGrath staff continue to be tested weekly. Routine testing should be based on the extent of the virus in the community; therefore, facilities should use their county positivity rate in the prior week as the trigger for staff testing frequency.
Testing of Staff and Residents in Response to an Outbreak
An outbreak is defined as a new COVID-19 infection in any healthcare personnel (HCP) or any nursing home-onset COVID-19 infection in a resident. In an outbreak investigation, rapid identification and isolation of new cases is critical in stopping further viral transmission. A resident who is admitted to the facility with COVID-19 does not constitute a facility outbreak. Upon identification of a single new case of COVID-19 infection in any staff or residents, all staff and residents should be tested, and all staff and residents that tested negative should be retested every 3 days to 7 days until testing identifies no new cases of COVID-19 infection among staff or residents for a period of at least 14 days since the most recent positive result. Therefore, residents were COVID tested again this week.
Please continue to wear your masks, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more (The CDC confirmed recently that the virus can be airborne transmitted), and limit exposure to people you do not live with as much as possible. People can be presymptomatic or asymptomatic and be contagious.
Maria Rivera, Administrator