Health Alert - COVID-19 Update & Resources


The Virginia Assisted Living Association (VALA) has consulted with multiple government agencies, industry stakeholders, and providers regarding the current health alerts on the Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). Below is information and links that may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of infections. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. This disease can spread from person to person. Since there are numerous agencies and organizations publishing facts about this disease as they are discovered, VALA has provided the below links to some of the most helpful resources currently available. 

If you are a healthcare professional evaluating anyone for suspected COVID-19, please consult your local health department immediately. 

Quick Links to Resource Areas Listed Below:


INDUSTRY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESOURCES

GOVERNMENT LINKS & RESOURCES ASSOCIATION & PRIVATE COMPANIES LINKS & RESOURCES
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PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) RESOURCES

Guidance for Homemade PPE: Per the CDC: In a setting where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face. 

REGULATORY UPDATES


ONLINE WEBINARS RELATED TO COVID-19

Many webinars are being held to provide updates on the COVID-19 Outbreak with some of them being made available for viewing the presentation or slides after completion. Please view the webinars with a disclosure that information may have changed since the publishing of the webinar as more is learned about COVID-19 with regards to transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment, etc.

Currently Scheduled Webinars: Previously Held Webinars that slides/transcripts/videos are available for viewing:

Lessons Learned from Providers Impacted by COVID-19

 
  • Monitor federal/state/local government websites routinely for updates on the disease including prevention, treatment, and restrictions. 
  • Facilities should monitor Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on a regular basis before and during any potential outbreaks and acquire additional supplies before being needed.
  • Review and update as needed visitation policies to provide the best response for the optimal well-being of residents and staff. Communicate all visitation policies whenever changed with residents, family members, volunteers, and community guests.
  • Employees, residents, and guests need to be considered when planning for prevention and protection of any disease.
  • Maintain an up to date listing of contact information for local Health Departments that is readily available to appropriate staff members
  • Consult with local Health Departments to learn the available and most up to date testing procedures for your area
Words of Wisdom for any potential crisis situation:
  • Use discretion in the information reviewed to verify the validity of it as unfortunately, some misinformation has been shared.

Last Updated: April 4, 2020


CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Resource page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Upcoming VALA Webinars

VALA is proud to offer upcoming webinars for assisted living administrators, regional staff members, caregivers, nurses, and other staff members. The webinars will offer a variety of continuing education credits dependent upon the topics (i.e. NAB, Nursing, Social Work). Many of the webinars are held live with the ability of participants to interact with the presenter during the webinar. 

Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators Continuing Education Requirements and Guidance
Per 18VAC95-30-70(A)(1) and 18VAC95-20-175(A)(1), Up to 10 of the 20 hours may be obtained through Internet or self-study courses and up to 10 continuing education hours in excess of the number required may be transferred or credited to the next renewal year. 

March 19, 2020 guidance regarding CE Courses: During the six month extension of continuing competency requirements that must be obtained for the licensure period between April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020, programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact wtih the speakers in real time ("interactive course") will count toward the 10 hours of continuing competency requirements that must be taken in addition to the 10 hours of internet or self-study hours.