2019 Novel Coronavirus Update
Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) Survey Reminder
Last week, we sent an alert with OHCQ's " Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Inventory" survey to help identify current inventory and anticipate future needs of infectious disease, such as coronavirus. The survey should be completed one time per center.

Please remember to complete this survey as soon as possible. It is important in preparation, should the coronavirus become a public health challenge in Maryland. There are still currently zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland.

Please note that the question on the survey regarding ventilator care has NOTHING to do with the current coronavirus outbreak; this question is only for the State to get an updated inventory of current ventilator care capacity in Maryland skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.
AHCA/NCAL Webinar Tomorrow

Along with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), we remain engaged in monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  Click here to read AHCA's most recent alert.

AHCA/NCAL will host a COVID-19 webinar for all long term care providers tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3 at 4 pm ET . In the interest of public health, this webinar is open to all long term care providers, including members and non-members of AHCA/NCAL. The webinar will include an update from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials and AHCA/NCAL staff.

You and your team can join the webinar here

Follow the instructions below 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to join the web portion as well as the phone based audio. 

  • Direct your web browser to the following URL: http://eventcenter.commpartners.com/se/Rd/Mt.aspx?694884  
  • Please enter your display name, email address, number of people sitting in with you and press "Enter Meeting." 
  • You will listen to the program via streaming audio, or through your computer speakers. If the presentation cuts out, please refresh your screen by pressing F5 or CommandR for a MAC.  

If you need technical assistance send a message in the chat or send an email to: ahca@commpartners.com

According to the CDC website, as of March 2, 2020, there have been 16 confirmed positive cases and 27 presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus in the United States. Additional cases have been confirmed in a growing number of international locations.

Prudent providers across all healthcare settings are currently reviewing historical experiences, state guidance, and operational plans relative to infection control and best practices relative to care, staffing, food, power, and medication. As the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) further develops, we can expect additional federal and state guidance.

We recommend that members stay on alert for family members, staff, and other visitors who have recently traveled internationally AND have symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Facilities should report such individuals to their local or state health department.  

Long-term and post-acute care centers should act now to help reduce the potential for spread, which will also minimize the spread of other circulating viruses that can impact residents and staff.

The 2019-nCoV spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with the coronavirus, but it is not thought to be the main way that the virus spreads. Centers should review their infection prevention and control policies and procedures to take precautions among residents and staff. 

We will continue to monitor the outbreak and keep members informed with updates. Additional information for healthcare professionals can be found on the CDC and on the MDH websites.