AHPA continues to follow new COVID-19 regulations, guidance and other government actions. The updates below are the latest guidance and other developments since September 19, 2020 to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidance  

  • The CDC has updated its testing guidance for SARS-CoV-2, recommending diagnostic testing for asymptomatic people who have been within six feet of someone with the virus for at least 15 minutes.

Report and Recommendations: COVID-19 Federal Efforts Could Be Strengthened

  • A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides updates on the Office’s oversight of federal COVID-19-related actions. It includes 16 recommendations to address shortages, improve data collection and mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.

New Guidance for Safe Nursing Home Visitation

  • CMS issued revised guidance with recommendations on ways that nursing homes can safely facilitate visitation during the pandemic.

Updated Warnings: Contaminated Hand Sanitizers

  • The FDA has updated their list of hand sanitizers that have tested positive for methanol or 1-propanol contamination. Health systems and individuals are urged to check this roster prior to buying or using hand sanitizing products.

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