New Confirmed COVID-19 Case Guidance for ADS Centers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released guidance for Adult Day Centers relating to policies and processes for confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst staff and participants. The new guidance must be added to each center’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plans and includes the following elements:

  1. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a facility, providers must follow new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (“Information for Adult Day Centers and Day Service Facilities with a Confirmed Case of COVID-19,” released November 20, 2020). For example, if someone in a cohort is confirmed to have COVID-19, all members of the cohort should be considered a close contact and must not attend the program for 14 days. This requirement is in addition to the current protective measure that allows a person living in a congregate care setting to attend their adult day center provided their congregate care setting has not had any COVID-19 exposure in the last 28 days.
  2. DHS is requiring providers to formalize policies for responding to confirmed COVID-19 cases as part of their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This includes plans to inform staff and individuals who receive services if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at the facility and requirements to quarantine for the required amount of time as outlined in the Minnesota Department of Health guidance.
  3. Providers must also update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to include the circumstances related to a COVID-19 outbreak under which there could be temporary voluntarily closure of the facility until services can once again be delivered safely. Providers should consider things such as whether there is COVID-19 exposure in multiple cohorts; ability to maintain minimum staffing ratios; and non-participation by individuals receiving services due to COVID-19 exposure or infection.

These updates to your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan must be completed by Dec. 18 and reported to DHS by Dec. 28.

DHS recognizes that each person has a right to make an informed choice to participate in services. These should be ongoing conversations between a provider, individual and their support team as a person’s risk of COVID-19 may change over time.

DHS licensing staff will present on the new changes and be available to answer questions during our weekly ADS Huddle on Thursday at 3:00. To participate, click here.

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