The Recommended Operational Protocols for COVID-19 and home care have been updated. This is a continuation of the collaborative efforts from several of the leading providers in the home health and home care industries in an effort to help guide providers in their response to the COVID-19 crisis in a way that protects the vulnerable patients and clients, as well as the fearless direct care workers. Here is a summary of the changes:
- In the “Agency Screening of Clients” section, a new question was added about travel to reflect recent state orders that require individuals who travel to certain “hot spots” to quarantine following their return.
- In the “Direct Care Worker Action Steps” section, the item addressing when a direct care worker should stay home if sick (no COVID-19 diagnosis) now reflects the CDC’s updated guidance that Healthcare Personnel may return to work after they have been fever-free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours (previously the wait was 72 hours).
- In several areas, the new CDC advice that those who are severely immunocompromised and/or had severe or critical illness from COVID-19 may remain contagious for up to 20 days.
- The section titled “Steps To Take If A Direct Care Worker Is Diagnosed With COVID-19” has been substantially updated to reflect the CDC’s updated guidance on the return to work decision-making process.
We urge you to read the entire document and become familiar with the details of all the updates to the recommended protocols.