COVID-19: Response and Readiness Resources
On March 3, 2020 by Jonathan Lips
LeadingAge Minnesota has been working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and others to help inform our work on response and readiness resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for aging services providers. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is estimating that US risks for the virus are low, those we serve in senior living appear to be disproportionately at risk for the most serious respiratory infections associated with COVID-19. We encourage members to take advantage of these new opportunities and resources:
MDH Webinar: Long-Term Care Preparedness for COVID-19 – March 4 at 3:30 p.m.
MDH is hosting a webinar today for aging services providers to discuss surveillance, infection prevention and emergency preparedness for COVID-19. Attendees will be able to submit questions through the Webex chat panel. We strongly encourage all LeadingAge Minnesota members to participate. The session number is 267 465 215.
To join the training session:
- Go to LTC Preparedness for COVID-19. If the link does not work, try copying and pasting it into your browser.
- Enter your name and email address.
- Enter the session password: March4
- Click "Join Now".
- Follow the instructions on your screen to access audio.
If you are unable to access Webex and are only able to join by phone, call 1-855-282-6330 and enter access code 267 465 215. Do not use this phone number for audio if you are joining through Webex.
Weekly 1-Hour Calls with MDH and the Minnesota Hospital Association:
Join weekly calls hosted by MDH and the Minnesota Hospital Association to receive timely updates, including current information, resources and protocols for resident treatment, staff safety and effective infection control practices as well as time for questions and answers. Registration is required and can be done in advance at the links below:
- March 5, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Register
- March 12, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Register
- March 19, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Register
- March 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Register
To join the conference call, dial 1-888-392-4564, code 5016182.
Patient Care Strategies for Scarce Resource Situations: The epidemiology and emergency preparedness teams from MDH recently presented information on patient care strategies for scarce resource situations and conservation of PPE stock. MDH is encouraging health care providers to contact their regional health care coalition if experiencing supply chain challenges related to COVID-19.
Access the Most Up-to-Date Information: The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the MDH COVID-19 website and the CDC COVID-19 website. The CDC’s Resources for Healthcare Facilities page includes specific strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care settings.
LeadingAge MN COVID-19 Task Force: We have established an inter-disciplinary COVID-19 task force and are actively developing communications tools and other resources for members, which will be available on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
As always, we are here support you. For questions or comments, contact Jonathan Lips.