The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated guidance for long term care facilities in response to COVID-19 vaccination programs, according to an update by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The following key changes are:

• Residents and visitors may visit without distancing and source control masks if alone in the resident’s room and the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. If the visitor is not vaccinated, they can visit with a fully vaccinated resident alone in the resident’s room without distancing while wearing well-fitting source control masks.

• Communal dining and activities may occur without physical distancing if all residents are vaccinated.

• Vaccinated health care personnel no longer need to undergo routine testing, but should continue to be tested after exposure, during an outbreak, or if experiencing symptoms.

AHCA/NCAL has provided a detailed summary of these updates. Please email COVID19@ahca.org with any questions.

The new guidance can be found here:

 • CDC Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination

• CMS QSO Memo on Nursing Home Visitation

• CMS QSO Memo on Testing