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California Quality Collaborative Federal Policy Update
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Federal Policy Updates  California Quality Collaborative

May 7, 2020 - PGÊ- latest information on legislative, regulatory, and policy changes that may impact organizations and the communities they serve

COVID-19 Guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The following guidance was created to help owners, administrators, or operators of shared (also called “congregate”) housing facilities – working together with residents, staff, and public health officials – prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - Community- and faith-based organizations are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in their communities. Use this checklist to protect the health of those you serve and staff in your care.

Opening Up America Again
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 8, 2020 - President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - People experiencing homelessness are at risk for infection during community spread of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to support response planning by emergency management officials, public health authorities, and homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist businesses in the food service industry, such as restaurants and bars, in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

COVID19 Reopening Guidelines
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 8, 2020 - Checklist guidelines fo Youth Programs, Childcare programs, Faith communities, Mass Transit, Restaurants and Bars, Schools, Workplaces

PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS FOR REOPENING MASS TRANSIT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

June 12, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist mass transit administrators in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Mass transit is critical for many Americans to commute to/from work and to access essential goods and services. Mass transit may need to remain open and certain routes prioritized. Follow these guidelines for bus transit operators, rail transit operators, transit maintenance workers, and transit station workers.

CHILD CARE PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist directors and administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

Guidance for Opening Up America Again Framework
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - This unreleased document is a 63-page document titled "Guidance for Opening Up America Again Framework" that is more detailed than other, previously reported segments of the guidance.

Investigating and responding to COVID-19 cases at homeless service provider sites
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - Homeless service provider sites (such as sites for overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers) can present unique challenges for COVID-19 investigation and public health action. Because homeless service provider sites can be crowded settings, the virus may spread easily. Additionally, clients at homeless service provider sites are often older adults or have underlying medical conditions, making it more likely for them to have severe illness from COVID-19. To help prepare homeless service providers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, review CDC guidance specific to homeless service providers and people experiencing homelessness. The following considerations are for public health response to cases at homeless service provider sites, which is not outlined in the other guidance documents.

Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - This interim guidance is intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event.

Draft COVID-19 reopening guidance from CDC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 8, 2020 - The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titledÊÒGuidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,ÓÊwas researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare
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Federal Policy Updates  CMS

June 14, 2020 - As states and localities begin to stabilize and COVID-19-related healthcare demand decreases, it is important to safely resume care in order to treat ongoing health needs that are currently being postponed.This document refers only to areas in Phase II: States and regions with no evidence of a rebound that satisfy the Gating Criteria.

In this document we recommend: • Optimization of telehealth services, when available and appropriate, continues to be recommended to minimize the need for in-person services. Ensuring that individuals with disabilities have tools for effective communication is a key part of optimizing telehealth services. • All individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness should continue to shelter in place unless their conditions warrant in-person healthcare. More detailed information about vulnerable and other populations who may need to take precautions is described below. • For care that cannot be provided virtually, these recommendations — which are part of a series of phased recommendations — may guide healthcare systems, providers, and facilities as they consider delivering in-person care to non-COVID-19 patients in regions with lower or declining- without-rebound, levels of COVID-19.

Non-emergent, Non-COVID care (NCC) should be offered to patients, as clinically appropriate, in localities or facilities that have the resources to provide such care, as well as the ability to quickly respond to a surge in COVID-19 cases, if necessary. Decisions should be consistent with Federal, State, and local orders, and CDC guidance and made in collaboration with State and local public health authorities. Careful planning is required to safely deliver in-person care to patients requiring NCC, and all aspects of care must be considered.

YOUTH PROGRAMS AND CAMPS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist directors or administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding youth programs and camps during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

Community Mitigation Strategies
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - Communities, Schools, Workplaces, and Events

Guidance for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play

Actions that individuals, businesses, health departments, and community settings (such as schools) can take to slow the spread of COVID-19

Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - This document is intended to provide guiding principles for healthcare and non-healthcare administrators of correctional and detention facilities (including but not limited to federal and state prisons, local jails, and detention centers), law enforcement agencies that have custodial authority for detained populations (i.e., US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Marshals Service), and their respective health departments, to assist in preparing for potential introduction, spread, and mitigation of COVID-19 in their facilities. In general, the document uses terminology referring to correctional environments but can also be applied to civil and pre-trial detention settings.

Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - This guidance provides recommendations on the routine cleaning and disinfection of polling location areas and associated voting equipment (e.g., pens, voting machines, computers). It suggests actions that polling station workers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by limiting the survival of the virus in the environment. This guidance will be updated if additional information becomes available.

Re-Opening America: What Patients Should Know About Seeking Healthcare
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Federal Policy Updates  CMS

June 14, 2020 - As areas of the United States experience a decline in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, healthcare providers and facilities are preparing to re-open to all health care services. During the height of the pandemic, many organizations had postponed non-emergency, non-Covid-19 care in order to ensure capacity to care for Covid-19 patients and to preserve supplies, such as masks and ventilators. Moving forward, hospitals and physicians must be prepared to not only care for Covid-19 patients (including any surge in cases), but also to resume all healthcare that was postponed due to the pandemic. Patients have ongoing medical needs, may require preventive services such as vaccinations, or may have rescheduled surgeries that were postponed due to the public emergency. As a patient, how do you know when it is safe to return to healthcare facilities, and what should you expect when you do?

SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The following is a framework for actions which local and state health departments can recommend in their community to both prepare for and mitigate community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. Selection and implementation of these actions should be guided by the local characteristics of disease transmission, demographics, and public health and healthcare system capacity.

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.

Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - Community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs), working together with schools, businesses, healthcare systems, and state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases, especially among high risk populations.

Guidance for CFBOs is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when there is no community transmission (preparedness phase), 2) when there is minimal to moderate community transmission, and 3) when there is substantial community transmission. Guidance is also provided for what to do when a person who is a confirmed COVID-19 case has been in your facility, regardless of the level of community transmission.

All decisions about implementing these strategies (e.g., alteration or reduction of services, event cancellations, other social distancing measures) should be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials who can help determine the level of transmission in the community.

Health Center COVID-19 Survey
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Federal Policy Updates  HRSA

May 8, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration uses the information collected to: help track health center capacity and the impact of COVID-19 on health center operations, patients, and staff; and better understand training and technical assistance, funding, and other health center resource needs.Ê

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - Institutions of higher education (IHE), working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases, and protecting vulnerable students, staff, and faculty to help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.

Guidance for IHE is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when there is no community transmission (preparedness phase), 2) when there is minimal to moderate community transmission, and 3) when there is substantial community transmission. Consult with your local health department to determine what level of transmission is currently occurring in your community. Guidance is also provided for when a confirmed case has entered an IHE, regardless of community transmission.

All decisions about implementing IHE-based strategies (e.g., class suspensions, event cancellations, other social distancing measures) should be made in collaboration with local health officials.

WORKPLACES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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Federal Policy Updates  CDC

May 15, 2020 - The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.