IMPORTANT: COVID Surveillance Testing for Hospice Staff in NH

During the past week, there has been ongoing discussion between the Alliance, the NH Health Care Association and NH DHHS regarding COVID tests for hospice staff who care for patients in Long Term Facilities.  This process has become more complicated as LTCFs vary between testing 100% of their staff weekly or twice weekly.

Today, NH DHHS informed the Alliance that they will transition hospices to weekly staff surveillance testing and will provide test kits for agencies to test their own staff.  This is good news!  The Alliance and member agencies have been asking for this for quite a while.  It should be a better process than the patchwork of testing solutions that currently exists.

NH DHHS will host a zoom meeting for hospice administrators on Monday, December 28th at 2:00 -3:00pm.  Please plan to have an agency representative on this call, as the DHHS COVID Coordinating Unit will provide logistical details.  I will follow this email with an outlook invitation. Here is the meeting info:

STEPHANIE LOCKE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Meeting ID: 602 353 0904
Passcode: 760723
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