COVID-19 Updates and Information

Long Term Care Ombudsman Resources

Quarterly, 1st Wednesday of the month, COVID-19 Calls

Join us the 1st Wednesday as we answer questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities.

Visiting Loved Ones in a Nursing Home

**NEW** On November 13, 2021,  The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services updated its visitation guidance for Nursing Homes.  Visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times. 

MDHHS Visitation

MDHHS updated guidance for visitation in Residential Care Facilities, please click here to view the update from the website.

MDHHS Epidemic Order: Requirements for Residential Care Facilities - Rescission or March 17, 2021, please click here to view the order.

CMS Updates:  November 13, 2021, with Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations, read the guidance here.   Click here for the updated Nursing Home Visitation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from February 2, 2022.  Click here to view the infographic on How to Safely Conduct Visits to Nursing Homes.

MLTCOP Questions & Answers from COVID Calls:

List of past questions and answers from COVID calls.

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Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast

The National Consumer Voice announced the release of a podcast, Overview of the Updated CMS Visitation Guidance.  Click here for a description of the podcast. 

MDHHS Infection Prevention Resource & Assessment Team (IPRAT)

As we enter colder weather and the holiday season where SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) rates typically rise, IPRAT would like to share two resources to mitigate outbreaks in long-term care facilities:

State and Federal Guidelines

State of Michigan (LARA) - Federal Certification

Please click here to view details on the State of Michigan website.

The White House Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET: Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities by Improving Safety and Quality of Care in the Nation’s Nursing Homes.  

Click here to be taken to The White House page to view the Fact Sheet.

New Federal COVID Website

On March 30, 2022, the United States government launched a new COVID website, click here to view.

Executive Office of the President

H.R. 382 – A bill to terminate the public health emergency declared with respect to COVID-19 (Rep. Guthrie, R-KY, and 19 cosponsors)

H.J. Res. 7 – A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on March 13, 2020 (Rep. Gosar, R-AZ, and 51 cosponsors)


MDHHS on Testing in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care Facilities,  Please click here to read the October 12, 2021 notice,   You may also click here to view the EO.

CMS Notice - Screening Method for Visitors and Staff

Please click here to view the CSO order issued November 12, 2021.

Consumer Voice Resources

NORC Notes

What to Know When Making Holiday Visits Based on the Updated CMS Visitation Guidance, click here.

Other Resources

Essential Caregivers Coalition

Please click here to visit the website.

Michigan Caregivers for Compromise: Because isolation kills too!

Please click here to visit their Facebook page.

MI Safe Start Map

Track the risk levels of COVID-19 Indicators by clicking here.  To view County Risk Levels, please click here.

MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Communication resources, how to get a vaccine, town halls, vaccination data and other resources.

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