10/6/20 – New Guidelines Announced For Reporting New Covid-19 Cases

Image of the Covid-19 virus. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 3/13/20.

Michigan’s Department of Health And Human Services Director has issued emergency orders affecting the state’s most vulnerable populations and those who care for them.

Director Robert Gordon issued the orders saying it’s an effort to ensure “the health and safety of vulnerable Michiganders and those under our care is of utmost importance.”

Gordon says “This order reestablishes protections that have helped Michigan sharply reduce the loss of life in nursing homes. With the level of COVID in Michigan rising again, these protections are more critical than ever.”

With respect to notice, under the order, all covered facilities must:

  • Notify employees and residents of the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident within 12 hours of identification.
  • Inform legal guardians or health proxies for all residents within the facility of the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident within 24 hours.
  • Post a notice in a conspicuous place near the main entrance of the care facility indicating the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident.
  • Contact the local health department in the facility’s jurisdiction to report the presence of a confirmed COVID-19 positive employee or resident.

The order continues restrictions on visitation to residential care facilities, which include nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care, assisted living, independent living, and SUD residential facilities.  As previously, visitation is permitted to assist with activities of daily living and for compassionate care.  Restrictions on visits don’t apply to medical service providers, resident physicians, and window visits when there is a barrier between the resident and visitor.