Heritage Operations Group Blog

Reopening Guidance Updates

August 31, 2021

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) reopening guidance, we must report to you the recent changes to the Updated Guidance for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities Incorporating COVID-19 Vaccination. The full written Guidance can be found here.

Highlights:

  • Reminder: we must adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention: hand hygiene, face covering, social distancing, and recognition of signs/symptoms indicative of COVID-19 infection regardless of the visitor's vaccination status.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends residents, regardless of vaccination status,  may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon move-in or return to the community under full infection control precautions. (p.13)
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended for residents who are being admitted to a post-acute care facility if they are fully vaccinated or within 90 days of confirmed COVID-19 infection and have not had prolonged close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days. (p.10)
  • During visitation: If the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting cloth face mask or face covering and performing hand hygiene before and after.
  • The number of visitors and the movement of visitors will be limited to the facility's designated visitation policy.
  • Communal dining will resume with core principles of infection prevention in place.
  • Beauty/barber services will resume with core principles of infection prevention in place. 

Please note: Visitation hours and procedures may be affected by local Health Department positivity rates and mandates in your facility's county or a surrounding county. Please contact your facility for updated visitation status.

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