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Dec. 14th COVID-19 Update

New COVID-19-related updates for providers of long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) and senior services continue to be shared on a regular basis by both state and federal authorities. The latest developments are discussed below.

As a reminder, LeadingAge NY continues to convene weekly webinars on Mondays at 11 a.m. to address emerging questions on COVID-19. A recording of our most recent webinar, held on Dec. 13th, is available here, and a list of the items shared by LeadingAge NY staff in the webinar chat can be accessed here. If you have questions for next week’s update or would like the access information, please contact Jeff Diamond.

Cross-Sector Updates

Governor Hochul Announces New Mask Mandate

In light of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission rates, Governor Hochul has announced a new mask mandate, which took effect on Dec. 13th. Here is what this means for you.

Provider Relief Phase 4 Distribution

On Dec. 16th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will begin distributing Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to health care providers who experienced revenue losses and expenses related to COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Nursing Home Updates

Reminder: LeadingAge NY to Host Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Webinar on Dec. 21st

LeadingAge NY reminds members that it will be hosting a free webinar entitled Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19: What LTC Providers Need to Know on Tues., Dec. 21st from 1 to 2 p.m. Monoclonal antibody therapy is a potentially lifesaving treatment for COVID-19 infection and can help prevent COVID-19 in patients and residents who are exposed to the virus. The webinar will cover appropriate uses of monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19, indications and contraindications, administration routes and monitoring, and adverse events.

Presenters will include Dallas Nelson, MD, UR Medicine Geriatrics Group, President of the New York Medical Directors Association, and Nicole Halsey, RN. To register for the webinar, click here.