DHSR Coronavirus Guidance for Adult Care and Family Care Homes and Use of Personal Protective Equipment
Yesterday evening (March 6th) the Division of Health Service Regulation Adult Care Home Licensure Section sent out guidance regarding Coronavirus or COVID-19. You can view and download the guidance
In addition to a number of links to resources regarding COVID-19, there is basic guidance that all home should follow inlcuding:
- Review your facility’s infection control policies and procedures required by N.C.G.S. 131D-4.4A (https://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_131D/GS_131D-4.4A.html). Although these policies and procedures are mainly focused toward blood-borne pathogens, the law requires that they include topics such as cleaning and sanitation, blood and bodily fluid precautions, and accessibility of infection control supplies which are all applicable to preventing the spread of illnesses such as influenza, COVID-19, and norovirus.
- Review the Adult Care Home Infection Control Training course with facility staff. The training is located on the ACLS website at https://info.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/acls/training/pdf/InfectionControl.pdf.
- Post the telephone number to your local county health department in a place visible to staff.
- Communicate proactively with residents, staff, and other visitors regarding facility visitation policies and restrictions that may result based on the recommendations of the local health department.
- Communicate proactively with staff about monitoring and reporting their own and resident symptoms. Provide guidance on when to stay home, and when to return to work.
- Assure strict adherence to infection prevention practices, including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- Remind staff and residents and post signage throughout the facility on some practical things we can all do to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness, such as cold or flu:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use of an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol can be used if hands are not visibly soiled.
2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Stay home when you are sick.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray.
Use of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current world supply of PPE (masks, gloves, etc.) is insufficient and health care providers and individuals should exercise good judgement when distributing and using PPE for staff. The WHO has issued guidance regarding the use of PPE and you can view and download the guidance
As further information is issued regarding COVID-19, NCSLA will continue to keep its members informed of the latest updates and developments.
In the mean time, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (919) 787-2526 or
Jeff Horton, Executive Director