Tag: COVID-19 testing

New Jersey vaccine requirements includes home health agencies

New Jersey will require health care workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing, including employees of licensed home health agencies operating within the state. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new requirements on Aug. 6, 2021, noting workers should be fully vaccinated by Sept. 7. At that point, if a worker hasn’t […]

Thinking of Requiring COVID-19 Shots? What Employers Need to Know

The list of employers and government agencies requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is growing, and such requirements are generally legal under federal law. But employers need to be clear about when exceptions must be made and how state laws can add a wrinkle to their vaccination policies. Major employers across the country have […]

Biden administration releases COVID-19 response strategy

The Biden administration released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” on the second day in office, January 21. The strategy lays out plans to support nursing homes, and tighten infection control policies. “HHS and CMS will strengthen Long Term Care facility guidance, funding, and requirements around infection control policies; support Long […]

CMS implements new COVID-19 testing requirements for SNFs

CMS implemented stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing homes on August 25. Routine staff testing, which was previously just recommended, is now a requirement for participation for Medicare and Medicaid. The required frequency of staff testing will be based on the degree of community spread surrounding a facility. Further guidance on frequency of testing will […]

CMS releases COVID-19 self-isolation counseling checklist

CMS has released a checklist to help providers counsel patients who are self-isolating after they are tested for COVID-19 and prior to the onset of symptoms, CMS said in a news alert. A counseling checklist is available through CMS on their website, along with links to more information. View this at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/counseling-checklist.pdf. This checklist was […]

FDA provides panel to evaluate diagnostic tests available for COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a SARS-COV-2 reference panel for the evaluation of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. The panels safeguard the quality of the tests and validation of new assay. They also test the calibration and monitoring of assay performance. The FDA panel is available to commercial and laboratory developers who […]

Pence recommends COVID-19 testing for all SNF residents

Vice President Mike Pence recommended to state governors on May 11 that all SNF residents receive COVID-19 testing over the next two weeks, according to Associated Press. President Trump announced on the same call that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services will distribute 12.9 million swabs to healthcare […]

First diagnostic test with home collection option for COVID-19 authorized by FDA

The first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19 has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA reissued the emergency use authorization (EUA), allowing the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCT Test to enable testing of samples self-collected by patients at home, according to an FDA news […]

Immune response in mice triggered by Microneedle coronavirus vaccine

When delivered to mice using microneedles, an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 caused antibody production against the disease within two weeks, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers are in the process of acquiring permission for human clinical trials. Treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 are urgently needed to change the course of this pandemic. […]

LTC facility COVID-19 deaths soar to 5,500

According to NBC News, the number of COVID-19-related deaths in LTC facilities is now 5,670. This data, based on 29 state health departments and includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities, shows that the deaths more than doubled since last week. Almost 3,5o00 LTC facilities are  reporting COVID-19 cases, according to state data. It’s important […]