Tonight (3/13) we were pleased to see Governor Sununu, in his emergency declaration, follow our advice on facility visitation. In relevant part, he stated:
Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th, all assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing facilities, residential care facilities . . . or any other similar facilities providing residential care to elderly or infirm patients, shall prohibit visitor access to reduce facility based transmission of COVID- 19. This prohibition shall not apply to medically necessary personnel, visitors for residents receiving end of life care, or visitors necessary to provide for a residents [sic] psychosocial needs as determined by a licensed medical care provider.
This directive supercedes what was earlier today issued by the Department, although we would encourage everyone to access the many fine communication and vetting tools provided by the Department.
The executive order applies to all facilities regulated by the state of New Hampshire.
Separately, CMS has followed the advice of AHCA/NCAL and restricted federally-regulated SNF visitations. Please see attached.
As Brendan Williams stated today in a forum with Sen. Shaheen, our overriding life safety objective is to keep COVID-19 at bay as long as possible. We recognize this will not be forever. Brendan already asked an epidemiologist to intervene when a test was refused — despite MD advice — for a resident presenting with symptoms that may, or may not, be the virus. Please let us know of any other such occurrences.
Separately, we are aware of the burden school closures can impose upon our workforce, where 92% of LNAs are women — many single moms. We’ll be bringing these issues up to policymakers.