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DOH Issues Updated Guidance for Home Care and Hospice Agencies Regarding COVID-19 Screening

On Aug. 2nd, the Department of Health (DOH) issued Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) DHCBS 22-13, which supersedes guidance dated March 22, 2020 (DHCBS DAL: 20-08 Updated) and modifies the twice-daily screening requirements for home care and hospice personnel upon arriving at work to screening only once a day. Agencies should continue to have policies in place, which are outlined in the DAL, regarding monitoring, reporting, and follow-up for anyone exhibiting symptoms. Agencies are also reminded that personnel are required to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. 

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, or Diane Darbyshire, ddarbyshire@leadingageny.org. Both can be reached at 518-867-8383.