To provide additional support to the state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has announced that its staff will be making physical, on-site visits to all of Connecticut’s 215 nursing homes and long-term care facilities over the next seven to ten days.
The department’s Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch, with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will conduct infection control surveys during each visit.
This will be a first among states in the region, as all nurses in the Facility Licensing and Investigations Section have been fit-tested for N95 respirators, which is a federal requirement.
Governor Lamont recently signed an executive order implementing the medical surge plan for long-term care facilities, which established COVID-19 recovery centers in certain nursing homes throughout the state that accept patients who can be discharged from acute care hospitals but are still impacted by COVID-19 infection.
“People who live in nursing homes are among the most vulnerable, and this plan is needed in order to protect those who are negative for the virus while providing adequate areas of recovery for those who have tested positive and can be discharged from hospitals,” said Governor Lamont.
“We are grateful for the nursing homes that are partnering with us in this critical effort – their staff is providing an invaluable service to the people of our state and we cannot thank them enough.”
As of April 20, a total of 19,815 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. One thousand nine hundred one patients are currently hospitalized.
To view the form that will be used during these site visits, click here.
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