New Guidance for Long-Term and Continuing Care Communities. Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Governor Hogan met with leaders from the long-term care community, which includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities, to ensure that the administration is working in close coordination to ensure the health and safety of Maryland seniors.
“Older people and those with underlying health conditions are much more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease,” said Governor Hogan. “Nursing homes and retirement communities are the areas of greatest concern. This truly is an all-hands-on-deck operation and it is going to get worse before it gets better.”
Older people and those with underlying health conditions are at a significantly higher risk from COVID-19, with morbidity and mortality rates that are three to five times higher than most flu seasons. Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is issuing new guidance for facilities that serve older people:
- Restrict access to essential visits only.
- Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.
- Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.
- Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.
- Establish processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.
- Prohibit all staff from international travel.