The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released new COVID-19 guidance for adult day health centers (ADHCs) through an All Facilities Letter (AFL). Note: this guidance supersedes prior gathering and visitation guidance issued through an earlier AFL.
ADHCs are currently permitted to still operate; however, referring to the CDC’s published guidance, CDPH is recommending the following strategies to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19:
- Stay updated with information from your local health department about COVID-19 transmission in the communities where your center is located and where your ADHC participants live.
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and recommended actions if participants or staff become symptomatic.
- Shortness of breath
- Review and update emergency operations plan (including implementing social distancing measures).
- Develop plan if one is not available.
- Use telephone and other distant communication methods to provide services to participants.
- Consider temporary closure or quarantine of facility (based on local health department’s recommendations).
In addition to the recommendations above, CDPH is asking that ADHCs that are still providing in-person services to adhere to the following additional precautions:
- Encourage personal protective measures among staff and participants including:
- such as staying home when sick.
- hand washing.
- respiratory etiquette.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available in all buildings.
- Implement social distancing measures.
- Eliminate group gatherings of participants.
- Alter schedules to reduce mixing.
- Limit programs with external staff.
- Screen participants and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
- Enact a no-visitor policy in the ADHC.
CDPH’s AFL 20- 17.1 can be found: here.