The director of the US Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, announced on Wednesday that the CDC is releasing new Covid-19 guidance for adult day service centers.
“These centers provide important social and health services to community-dwelling adults age 65 and older, as well as to adults any age living with disability,” Walensky said during a White House coronavirus press briefing.
“We know these populations are at high risk for severe Covid-19 disease and this guidance will help center administrators and staff protect themselves and adults receiving their services by promoting and engaging in preventative behaviors that reduce Covid-19 spread and help maintain healthy operations and environments in these facilities," she added.
The guidance promotes a range of preventative behaviors and facility practices in adult day services settings, including guidelines on hygiene, building operations, shared spaces and transport.
Here's what the guidance said:
- The CDC suggests limiting nonessential services and visitors, like volunteers and family members.
- It encourages health screenings, signage encouraging the practice of preventative measures like wearing a mask and social distancing, modifying facilities’ layouts, and isolating staff and participants with symptoms or who may have had close contact with someone with Covid.
- It also offers a protocol for isolating and transporting an individual with symptoms, as well as guidance on notifying health officials and close contact.
- A section in the guidelines related to centers’ activities suggests staggering activities and meals, as well as creating pods for center participants.
- Another section related to food and dining suggests serving individually plated meals or grab and go meals instead of self-serve options.