OALA COVID-19 Updates

Below are the daily OALA updates in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All AL Providers can view and download them in PDF format.

(If your computer or device does not have a PDF viewer, you can download the free Adobe Reader on the Adobe Website )

June  5, 2020

View and Download PDF

Amended Director's Order- Outdoor Visitation 

 

June  5, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Outdoor Visitation 
  • COVID-19 Testing in Skilled Nursing Homes 
  • ODH Meeting 6/4/2020 Information 
  • Ombudsman Visits
  • House Bill 461- Electronic Monitoring
  • House Bill 509- Expanded Expedited License
  • Possible PPE Group Order 

 

June  3, 2020

View and download PDF

  • Assisted Living Needs Provider COVID-19 Relief Funds
  • Contact Ohio Federal Senators
  • Request to contact Ohio News Editors 
  • Sample Letter: Senators
  • Sample Letter: News Editors
  • Limited Civil Liability Bill

 

June  2, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Assisted Living Visitation - State Mandates ,Best Practices 
  •  ALW PPE Needs 
  • ALW Residents and Federal Stimulus Checks 

 

May 29, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Governor permits Outdoor Visitation in Assisted Living as of June 8, 2020
  • Visitation Guidelines
  • Resident Letter and Family/Friend Letter Template
  • Hair Salons
  • Help with Discharge to a Nursing Home

 

May 26, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Testing Updates
  • Hair Salons and Visitation

 

May 22, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Federal Gov't provides $4.9 Billion for SNF's
  • Staff Out of State Vacations

 

 

May 20, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 NEW RFI Survey
  • Assisted Living and Ohio's New "Phase"

 

May 19, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Mandatory Survey- Current issues with survey
  • Activities - Update 
  • Visitation - Update 
  • OALA new Live webinar CBD& Cannabis Use in Assisted Living- July 9th@1:00pm 

 

May 14, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • How to help Assisted Living during COVID-19- Standing with Seniors Campaign
  • Are RCF providers required by CMS to report through CDC's NHSN?
  • ODH Email Address to send copy of 1st Notification to Residents, sponsors/guardians when 1st COVID-19 Outbreak  

 

May 13, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • COVID-19 Reporting/Notification
  • PPE Procurement & Optimization 
  • PPE Resources 

 

May 12, 2020

View and Upload PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Communal Dining in Assisted Living 
  • Beauticians in Assisted Living 
  • Incubation  Definition 
  • Communicable Disease Definition

 

 

May 11, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Testing for COVID-19, Viral and Antibody Testing 
  • Are there stated Procedures/Requirements for new admissions to RCF's?...Testing, Screening, Quarantine 

 

May 7, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Visitation Order Still in Effect 
  • Nursing Hours Statistics in AL 
  • Franklin County Specific Transfer Criteria for Local ED
  • CDC Educational Webinars - Infection Control 

 

May 6, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Nurse Staffing 3 question Survey - Last Day 
  • Ohio limited Civil liability immunity Bill introduced (HB606, SB308)
  • Ohio's Care in Place Directive
  • ALW Providers - Possible Medicaid relief funds
  • Ohio Bureau of Infectious Disease - Friday Webinar - COVID-19 & Infection Control 

 

May 5, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Nurse Staffing 3 question Survey 
  • Updated ODH alert
  • Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidelines 

 

May 4, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • OALA Call to Directors McElroy and Corcoran
  • Nurse Staffing Survey

 

May 1, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • ALW Reporting Requirements regarding COVID-19 Notifications 
  • Ohio House of Representatives Aging and Long-Term Care Committe-  OALA submitting requests...
  • OALA's Social Media Platforms- Get involved in OALA's request for needed PPE distributions  

 

April 30, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • The Beginning Stages of Re-opening Ohio 
  • How to Request PPE through EMA
  • Possible Funding Available 
  • New Listing on ODH LTC Dashboard 
  • RCF Rule Update 
  • Testing - RX2Live- FDAEU available 
  • Governor's Webinar 

 

April 28, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • New Lucas County Testing Program 
  • EIDC Information  Program for Communication Devices in Nursing Homes -Not RCF's
  • Updates from Weekly call with ODH & ODM

 

April 27, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Daily Survey
  • Exposed? Possible? Probable? Suspected? What do each mean? 
  • Local Health Coalitions - More Regional Contacts
  • PPE and Testing on the Federal Level- Reach out to your local Ohio Senators and Representatives 

 

 

April 24, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Mandatory Survey- Today  Friday 
  • RCF rule update during COVID-19 Pandemic - Initial First-aid training- can be done online
  • Additional information on ODH online reporting of COVID-19 positive cases in LTC
  • Helping contacting, creating, becoming a Part of Local Health Care Coalitions
  • Reminder of PARRT Program
  • ALW Provider Updates 

 

April 23, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 Mandatory Survey- Thursday and Friday 
  • Do residents/sponsors/guardians need to receive a separate letter to notify each time a probable or new case of COVID-19?
  • Do we need to quarantine residents who were in close contact with a now positive COVID-19 resident? 
  • Donning and Doffing PPE
  • What is full PPE - Preferred and Acceptable
  • Recommendations for allowing staff to return to work
  • What if you have a HCP that tests positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms? 
  • Is there a new testing priority for Assisted Living?

 

April 22, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Mandatory Daily Survey to ODH on PPE supplies - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for this week
  • Governor discussed yesterday efforts to Increase Ohio's COVID-19 Testing 
  • ODH Listing of AL's, NH's with COVID-19 scheduled to be Re-posted today

 

April 21, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Daily Survey
  • Local Health Care Coalitions- Who makes up this division?
  • Importance of identifying Local Health Departments , Hospitals and Nursing Homes 
  • Health Care Isolation Center- Final Plan Information 
  • Memory Care and ability to Isolate

 

April 20, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • Daily Survey
  • ODH Listing of LTC Facilities with COVID-19 - Updated Information
  • Assisted Living does not fall into CMS category to report COVID-19 cases to CMS
  • Reporting Procedure for COVID-19
  • Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit- Pre- Recorded Educational Webinar 
  • What to do if you do not have adehquate PPE for all HCP to wear at all times in the building? 

 

April 17, 2020

View and Download PDF

  • COVID-19 and  Memory Care Issues
  • Understanding Isolation and Quarantine
  • Concerns brought to the Governor and Director Corcoran during 4-16-2020 phone call
  • Request for AL to be included in federal and Ohio COVID-19 Relief Funds
  • Need for Executive Order granting some immunity from civil liability following COVID-19 pandemic 
  • OALA pursuing Increase in the ALW reimbursement due to COVID-19
  • PAART Testing Program expands to Counties contiguous to Franklin Count

 

April 16, 2020 (2)

View and Download PDF

  • Webinar on Pre-Surge Planning - ODA will be hosting Webinar for questions on Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Tomorrow 3:30PM 

 

April 16, 2020 

View and Download PDF

  • ODH Website Listing of Ohio Assisted Living Communities by County with reported cases of COVID-19
  • Suggestions OALA made to ODH regarding this Listing  
  • Updated Letter Template to use for Notification
  • Definition of Probable Case
  • Does this Order address Staff Notification?
  • Additional Clarifications regarding Director's Order to Notify Residents, sponsors and guardians 
  • Email contact for inaccuracies on the ODH listing
  • Testing - issues with Local Health Departments -BID phone number

 

April 15, 2020 (2)

  • April 15, 2020 :  Signed Director's Order to Facilities Requiring Notification to Residents, Guardians and Sponsors of Positive/Probable COVID-19.
  • OALAis meeting with ODH tomorrow (April 16, 2020) at 10:00 AM for follow up clarification 
  • Please Email Questions by 10 AM

View and Download PDF

 

April 15, 2020

  • ODH Daily Survey
  • Still No Executive Order Signed regarding Notification/Website listing of Communities with COVID-19OALA REQUESTS your questions/concerns. 
  • Pre- Surge Planning Toolkit- Please review and Email or PHONE Questions to OALA by Thursday COB
  • OALA- Requested Financial Help for AL providers as well as Civil Liability Immunity
  • ODH Testing Guidelines for Anti-Body Tests 
  • TeleHealth- Informative Flyer - How TeleHealth operates in Assisted Living Communities

View and Download PDF

 

April 14, 2020

  • ODH Daily Survey
  • Delay in publication of Governor's Order RE: Notification of all Residents and Families if Resident or Staff member tests positive for COVID-19
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act - No Requirement to apply for exemption from this Act
  • Importance of DNR Orders
  • RCF Waived Rules 
  • Gordon Food service- Dining and COVID-19

View and Download PDF

 

April 13, 2020

  • ODH Daily Survey
  • New Governor's Orders-Notification of all Residents and Families if Resident or Staff tests positive for COVID-19
  • Sample Resident/Family Letter if COVID-19 Positive Case
  • Testing Update- Franklin County Update
  • Health Care Isolation Centers
  • Hospital Zones- Map 
  • Structural Compliance Reviews suspended for 90 days 
  • Follow up Questions from Employer Town Hall Webinar with Attorney Sam Lillard

View and Download PDF

 

April 8, 2020

  • Temperature Parameter changed to 100 degrees 
  • Importanceof County Health Department's and County EMA's- Waiting list for PPE supplies 
  • PPE - Pre- Surge Planning Toolkit
  • Do allStaff have to wear face masks?
  • Testing- Information and Update
  • Health Care Isolation Centers
  • IMPORTANT NEW ODH Survey
  • Do you still have to have Grievance committee? 
  • Teepa Snow- Free Webinar April 21,1-2 pm. Register Now

View and Download PDF

 

April 6, 2020

  • Hospital Surge Capacity - Regions 
  • COVID-19 Testing Prioritized
  • Guidelines for discontinuing Transmission based precautions
  • Face-masks- New recommendations-
  • Tutorials of self made masks 
  • Sam Lillard of Fisher Phillips law Firm- Live WebinarApril 8, 1pm 2020Labor and Employment Questions and Answers - Register now
  • Teepa Snow- Free Webinar April 21,1-2 pm. Register Now

View and Download PDF

 

April 5, 2020

  • Requesting PPE from your County EMA
  • Sam Lillard of Fisher Phillips law Firm- Live WebinarApril 8, 1pm 2020Labor and Employment Questions and Answers - Register now
  • Teepa Snow- Free Webinar April 21,1-2 pm. Register Now

View and Download PDF

 

April 3, 2020

  • Background Check UPDATE- Ability to use Fingerprinting cards 
  • Hospice Clarification - Rebecca Sandholt Letter 
  • Rationale for Staff temperature taken at end of shift
  • New Points from CMS guidelines
  • If COVID-19 in Community- Approach to Families 
  • Ohio Government Website - Employers seeking Employees and Employees seeking Jobs
  • Sam Lillard of Fisher Phillips law Firm - Live webinar - April 8, 1pm 2020 Labor and Employment Questions and Answers - Register Today
  • Teepa Snow Webinar April 21, 1-2pm- unique problems, challenges of social distancing with the unique Memory Care Population 

View and Download PDF

 

April 2, 2020

  • Background Checks
  • Resident Temperatures 
  • Staff Suspected or Confirmed with COVID-19
  • Criteria for Return to Work for healthcare personnel with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
  • New ODH order on COVID-19 Testing
  • Sam Lillard of Fisher Phillips law Firm - Live webinar - April 8, 1pm 2020 Labor and Employment Questions and Answers - Register tomorrow!

View & Download PDF

 

April 1, 2020

  • COVID-19 PPE Guidance - through EIDC
  • Guidance for Utilization and Optimizing PPE
  • Instructions for Medical/Surgical Masks- use and reuse
  • N95 Respirators Reuse- Instructions for donning and doffing
  • PPE Contingency Planning
  • Stratigies for Optimizing PPE
  • Printable Instructions and Videos for PPE
  • OALA - Comments on April 1, 2020 guidelines
  • Who do you report a positive COVID-19 result to?
  • NEW ODH NOTICE on BACKGROUND CHECKS

View and Download PDF

 

March 31,2020

  • Battelle phone number for N95 Mask mitigation
  • ODH to require inventorying of certain medical supplies- ventilators, CPAP, BiPAP...
  • What should be done if a Resident is displaying possible signs of COVID-19
  • Pam Reese- Practical Guideline for Illness in Assisted Living 
  • Template Family letter - if confirmed case of COVID-19 in your Community
  • Is it possible to streamline to 1 Therapy Provider to minimize community exposure?
  • How to respond to ODH survey if PPE supply is low or insufficient
  • Addressing social distancing and the unique Memory Care Resident
  • April 1,2020 LinkedSenior is offering free webinar featuring Naomi Feil's daughter
  • LinkedSenior is providing Free resources on COVID-19
  • Teepa Snow -Free Webinar April 21,2020 for all Assisted Living providers struggling with COVID-19 and Memory Care

View and Download PDF

 

March 30,2020

  • New ODH survey this week on Wednesday
  • 10 Most Critical PPE Needs
  • Battelle Institute- process to decontaminate 80,000+ N95 masks per day 
  • Temporary license information for Nurses PRIOR to taking NCLEX
  • ODH/CDC Alert - non-pharmacological use of chloroquine phosphate
  • EMT's- possible limited staff
  • Who can take temperatures as required in screening tools and ODH guidance?
  • Residents' Temperatures- per shift
  • Assisted Living Tours
  • Employment Law

View and Download PDF

 

March 27,2020

  • ODH- 2 NEW updated Requests for Information- Important!
  • Discussion Points for COVID-19 in Long term Care Setting 
  • Help COVID-19 from entering and spreading in your building
  • If COVID-19 is suspected in your building
  • COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist - tools for this Health care crisis
  • Can we refuse a readmission to a resident that was sent to hospital for COVID-19 testing until after test confirmed? 
  • Do we have to permit all Home Health and Therapy providers in our building as essential visitors? 

View and Download PDF

 

 

March 26, 2020

  • New or reinforced direction for Assisted Living- Staff temperature taken on entrance and departure
  • ALF's actively monitoring all residents for fever and respiratory symptoms per shift  
  • Hand Sanitizers 
  • Masks
  • COVID-19 and Ohio Assisted Living

View and Download PDF

 

March 25,2020

  • ODH bi-weekly Survey
  • Ombudsmen request for Information 
  • Directions from Ohio Funeral Directors
  • Ohio Nursing Reciprocity Information
  • Home Health and Hospice Staff
  • Initial RCF Surveys 
  • Career/Job Opportunities Page- Send in your Information 
  • Resources for Resident engagement
  • Heart Legacy- Private network for video exchange for residents and family- Facial recognition!

View and Download PDF

March 24,2020

  • Background Checks - New information on Fingerprinting
  • PPE Supplies 
  • Surveys and Resource Tool 
  • Pandemic Childcare Checklist 
  • Resident Leaving the Assisted Living Community
  • New Pharmacy Guidelines on Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
  • Need to take Temperature
  • Draft document Explaining State process on COVID-19 Placements

View and Download PDF

 

March 23,2020

  • Governor's Stay at Home Order
  • Governor closes DD day centers
  • Grace Period for BWC payments, employee Health insurance
  • BCI- Information on old format (ink) fingerprinting- website and phone number 
  • NEW COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines, General, ill Resident, Memory Care Resident
  • ODH letter- Hospice Residents , Can not refuse to let resident leave the building
  • Pandemic Child care centers- Application
  • Potential exposure to health care worker
  • If Assisted Living has Positive case of COVID-19
  • Important PPE survey moving to Monday/Wednesday
  • New Career/Job Opportunities Page at OhioAssistedliving.org

View and Download PDF

March 20,2020

  • Ohio's first Death 
  • Senior Center and Adult Day Care Centers ordered closed
  • Telehealth being expanded
  • COVID-19 Testing - up to 3 days or more for results
  • IF "suspected" COVID-19 case...
  • Concern over RCF providers not having adequate PPE equipment
  • New Career/Job opportunities Page at Ohio Assisted Living.org

View and Download PDF

March 19, 2020

  • COVID-19 Best Practice
  • USA Postmaster General office information 
  • Fire Drill Modifications
  • Pandemic child care centers 
  • Continued work With ODH on Background checks
  • Efforts at linking Assisted Living Providers with other industry  displaced workers

View and Download PDF

 

March 18, 2020

  • Elective Surgery cancelled to ensure open hospital beds- other possible sites for patients
  • Ohio has received allocated nationally stockpiled emergency PPE
  • CMS latest nursing home restrictions and guidance 
  • Admissions
  • OALA reaching out to the Restaurant and Hotel industry to indicate need for Assisted Living employees 

View and Download PDF

 

March 17, 2020

  • COVID-19 Governor ordered additional closures to help prevent spread.
  • Reduction of mass gatherings from 100 to 50
  • Clarification on visitation for Hospice residents
  • Fingerprinting Issues for BCI checks 
  • Hairdresser in AL during COVID-19

View and Download PDF

 

March 16, 2020

  • COVID-19 : New Orders-Order for No non-essential visitors
  • Closing of Dine- In Restaurants 
  • Updated  COVID-19 Information Tab on OALA Website
  • ODH - PPE online resource
  • Essential Visitor log information

View and Download PDF

 

March 13, 2020

  • ODH Director Order- Limited access to Ohio's"homes" 1 visitor per resident per day
  • Governor closed all K-12 schools
  • Gathering of 100 or more banned
  • Important RCF directives for COVID-19

View and Download PDF

 

March 11, 2020

  • 4 Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, Governor declares State of Emergency
  • Preventative steps, Most recent directives from the Governor's office
  • Template letters to share with staff, families and vendors
  • Updated  COVID-19 Information Tab on OALA Website
  • SeniorLink - free 1 hour CEU program with ideas of how to keep memory impaired residents engaged during this difficult time. 

View and Download PDF