Deployment of Online Survey Application for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) SNF Mitigation Surveys

AFL 20-63.1 From the California Department of Public Health August 7, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Deployment of Online Survey Application for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) SNF Mitigation Surveys (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-63) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL announces the California Department of Public Health (CDPH’s) phased launch of a new online application for conducting surveys and investigations.Beginning August 7, 2020, CDPH will use the Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) Inspect to conduct COVID-19 Mitigation Surveys and submit Statements of Deficiencies to SNFs.

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Visitor Limitations Guidance

AFL 20-38.4 From the California Department of Public Health August 7, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Visitor Limitations Guidance (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-38.3) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of updated visitor guidelines for pediatric patients, patients in labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients, pediatric intensive care unit patients (PICU) patients, and patients at end-of-life and patients with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments.Health facilities may permit a support person to accompany a patient for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient (medically necessary), including patients with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments.This AFL has been updated to clarify that long-term care facilities and hospitals may permit students obtaining their clinical experience into the facility if they meet the CDC guidelines for healthcare workers.

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