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PPE Shipment and Outbreak Testing for ALs

Posted Dec 9, 20202 min Read

Regulatory & Clinical

Please Note:  On December 9, 2020, this article was updated to include the current list for PPE shipments, although this list is not exhaustive and will be updated over time.

On November 19, 2020, the Indiana Department of Health (IDH) announced through its LTC Newsletter that the state is planning a one-time shipment of PPE in early December to residential care facilities (licensed assisted living communities) and housing with services establishments.  The LTC Newsletter also established outbreak testing requirements for assisted living communities with memory care units.

The current list for PPE shipments can be found here.  Please note, this list is not exhaustive and will be updated overtime to include all residential care facilities and housing with services establishments.

In addition to receiving PPE, assisted living communities with CLIA waivers will also receive a shipment of BinaxNOW cards.  While routine testing is not required of assisted living communities like nursing facilities, these BinaxNOW cards can help facilitate outbreak testing.

Importantly, assisted living communities with memory care units are expected to perform outbreak testing in the memory care units, as follows:

  • An outbreak is when a single case of COVID-19 occurs in a memory care staff or resident.
  • In an outbreak, all memory care residents are to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Residents who test positive should be cohorted into COVID-19 areas of the facility.
  • Residents who test negative should undergo repeat testing every 3 to 7 days, until the testing identifies no new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection among residents or memory care staff for a period of at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.

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