COVID-19 UPDATE #109
December 7, 2020
CVS/OMNICARE COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC PROGRAM
EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR TODAY | 11 AM
CVS/Omnicare will be hosting a live webinar today at 11 AM PST. This informational webinar will be available for all LTC facility program partners to join and learn about the COVID-19 vaccination clinics. If you have been matched with CVS as part of the pharmacy partnership program, AHCA/NCAL recommends you participate in this webinar. For more information, please visit the CVS vaccine website.

If you’ve been matched with CVS but have not heard from them, please update your contact information. It is critical that each facility supply updated contact information. You should also be receiving a call from CVS over the next week. Register for the webinar now!
REGARDING CDC QUARANTINE PERIODS
WA DOH reached out to CDC and asked if they anticipate updating the guidance for a 14-day observation period for newly admitted LTCF residents and the 14-day work exclusion for HCWs to align with the CDC guidance for reduced quarantine time. CDC responded that “…they are considering changes to the healthcare facility guidance, including LTCFs, but for now the currently posted guidance still stand as the official CDC recommendations."

The updated CDC guidance, states “The variability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission observed to-date indicates that while a shorter quarantine substantially reduces secondary transmission risk, there may be settings (e.g., with high contact rates) where even a small risk of post-quarantine transmission could still result in substantial secondary clusters.”
For now, facilities should continue to follow the CDC recommendations for healthcare, specifically this guidance:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
WHCA continues to post resources and information as it becomes available on our website. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the WHCA office at (800) 562-6170.