Please keep reading our information because the messaging is changing every day. Below is the latest information provided to the association -- please note that we will continue to send updates as soon as we receive any new information.
Posters and Testing Instructions Provided by the Department of Health

  • Instructional materials that will help Administrators complete the Laboratory Orders for all of the residents to be tested. This will also help them understand how you will get the residents’ results when ready. 

  • Employee instructional materials should be provided to all of employees. Each employee will create an account to create their one-time Laboratory Order. This account will also be where results are reported back. Employees are to provide results of testing to their employer.



CDC Considerations and Guidance for Memory Care

The first step in caring for people living with dementia in any setting is to understand that changes in behavior (e.g., increased agitation, confusion, sudden sadness) or worsening symptoms of dementia should be evaluated because they can be an indication of worsening stress and anxiety as well as COVID-19 or other infections.

The CDC has issued guidance for masks to be worn by residents in memory care communities if tolerated. Please click here for guidance .

DOH Assessment Checklist for Initial Telephone and Onsite Visit

Please click here to download a copy of the latest County Health Department long-term care Assessment Checklist that provides information on what the DOH and AHCA will be reviewing during their initial telephone calls and onsite visits.

Updated Format for the Weekly Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call

To address all the questions from health care providers around the state, the Department of Health has instituted a new format for the weekly health care provider telephone conference call. Participants are asked to email questions in advance to Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov no later than close of business on the Monday preceding the call. All participants will be muted during these calls to help streamline information delivery. The State Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, in collaboration with Secretary Mary Mayhew from the Agency for Health Care Administration, will provide updates from the Department of Health on the COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, provide a briefing from the Agency for Health Care Administration, offer updates from other state agencies and address questions submitted from our health care providers. If you are interested in joining this weekly telephone conference call, please see the call-in information below:
Date: Every Tuesday

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
Conference Room ID: 208-305-233
Submit Questions in Advance: Provider.COVID19@flhealth.gov

Below are website links to Department of Health cleaning and disinfecting documents:
 
Also, AHCA ha added links to their website the following CDC guidance under its “General Facility Resource Information” row via https://ahca.myflorida.com/COVID-19_Facilities.shtml :