March 6, 2020
HOPE has compiled the following resource directory to provide information from CMS, ISDH, CDC and the EPA in one location. This is not, and should not, be considered an all-inclusive resource. Please check ISDH, CMS and CDC websites frequently, as information and/or directives are being released almost daily.
PREPARE NOW
  1. Review infection prevention and control policies and procedures from the CDC
  2. Review emergency preparedness plan with staff and expect ISDH survey's to be more narrowly focused on infection preparedness. Read more from CMS.
  3. Have a Communication Plan for all stakeholders. Download The World Health Organization Communications Package
COVID-19 RESOURCE DIRECTORY
MARCH 5

EPA Releases List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19

EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims (for example in technical literature, non-label-related websites, and social media) for use against the outbreak virus.
MARCH 4
CMS Releases Guidance for Nursing Home
ISDH Long Term Care Newsletter / Special Issue: COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Long Term Care is providing facilities with information related to COVID-19. It is recommended that facilities review this information and use it to educate staff and visitors.
Additional questions please contact LTC Deputy Director Tammy Alley at or 317.233.7441, or LTC Director Brenda Buroker at 317.234.7340.
CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronovirus

CMS calls on all health care providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus .  
FEBRUARY 27

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 READ MORE