THCA Update: Opening Up America Again | OSHA Resources | Gov. Abbott Strike Force

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

Guidelines to Opening Up America Again

Yesterday President Trump began discussing the Phases to “Opening Up America Again”. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

ICYMI: New OSHA Resources: Low/Unavailable PPE and Reporting Staff Cases

AHCA/NCAL released four new resources on guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on critically low or unavailable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These new resources are applicable to all long term care providers.

  • A form letter providers can fill in when responding to OSHA inquiries due to complaints regarding limited or unavailable PPE.

  • A document on OSHA guidance when PPE is critically low or unavailable including steps providers can follow.

  • An explanation of OSHA and CDC guidance on N95 respirators that are critically low or unavailable. This resource provides five options with guidance on what to do for a limited supply of N95 or other respirators to no N95 or other respirators available.

  • A document with updated guidance from OSHA on employer recording and reporting requirements for COVID-19.

This is the link to the resources noted above:

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas

Governor Abbott announced three additional Executive Orders today, “to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines.” Click here to read the press release from the Office of the Governor. Of note, language in the order related to Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities states the following:

“In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities should follow infection control policies and practices set forth by the HHSC, including minimizing the movement of staff between facilities whenever possible”.

As additional information is made available, we will provide you updates as quickly as we can.

We continue to press for the need for priority testing, PPE and Liability protection during the declared COVID-19 disaster. We’ll keep you posted; however, please do not hesitate to contact THCA for information or support as you continue to support the heroes in each of your communities.