LeadingAge CA Five Things to Know Update for March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Top Five Things to Know for March 27, 2020

  1. ppe burn rate calculator
    The CDC released a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator [cdc.gov] yesterday. I encourage you to start using the calculator to gauge your PPE use compared against the benchmark or expected burn rate. The website tells you about the spreadsheet with specific instructions listed as well. Given the extremely limited supply of PPE, all healthcare providers need to understand where you may have opportunities to conserve and optimize PPE use. If you aren’t currently using large amounts of PPE, I would still encourage you to track your PPE supply using this spreadsheet. If your PPE supply isn’t currently secured/locked, limiting the number of staff having access to it, please take those steps now. The CDC also outlines strategies to optimize your PPE supply. Download the PPE Burn Rate Calculator here.
  2. Accessing supplies
    We have contacted the Governor’s office and CalOES to request that 20% of the CA allocation of supplies be distributed to senior living communities. They are working on this, but indicated that you should contact your local MHOAC (Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator) for PPE/supplies. The MHOACs will be getting the distributions. Here is a link to the county MHOAC list.

  3. social isolation and your residents
    We are working with Apple and other sources currently to procure iPads and other devices for distribution. We are also working with state agencies to potentially facilitate access to these devices, identify potential funding sources, and also to identify potential training resources. We are collaborating with other organizations as well, and hope to have more information in the coming days.
  4. Workforce issues
    We’ve received information that some providers are concerned about staff who are on leave and some related CA Labor Code issues. We are getting clarifications regarding workforce and labor code issues. Currently, we are assuming there is flexibility being given on licensure, education and staff leave issues related to employment. If you have issues, please contact us so we can follow up.
  5. update on $2 Trillion stimulus package
    The House is currently debating the CARES Act (H.R. 748) and is expected to pass the measure today. Passage is delayed as a Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has forced an in-person vote requiring members to race back to DC for an in-person vote. The president has indicated he will sign the bill.  
  6. resources
    We have up to the minute and regular updates that consolidate state and national information on our COVID-19 Resources page and LeadingAge California Connect