Message from George: COVID-19
Friday, March 13, 2020
Posted by: George Linial
First, I want to tell you your LeadingAge Texas team is thinking about you, and more than ever, is in awe of the work you do. Thank you for your leadership.
As things continue to evolve, LeadingAge Texas continues to update members on COVID-19. We encourage you to visit ourCOVID-19 page for the latest updates, resources, guidance, and more to help you best navigate this situation.
Additionally, we are planning weekly calls for members to get and share information. The first Provider Member COVID-19 Discussion Call will take place Tuesday, March 17 from 1-2 pm. You are encouraged to RSVP to join this discussion.
We spoke with Texas HHSC officials this afternoon to talk more about emergency response policies like visitation, PPE supplies, and staffing concerns. You can expect a provider letter from HHSC today prohibiting nonessential visitors to nursing facilities. We anticipate similar guidance for assisted living facilities released next week.
If you haven’t done so, please make sure you are in contact with your local health department. They will be involved in any outbreak situation and may expedite PPE supplies if necessary.
The Governor declared a State of Emergency today which will free up additional resources. You will also be hearing more about this in the coming days. Gov. Abbott directed state agencies to restrict visitation at nursing homes, state-sponsored living centers, hospitals and daycare centers. It allows limited exceptions for things like end-of-life visitations and requires all individuals to go through the proper screenings, he said.
We are working with THCA, TALA and others on advocacy efforts to access emergency funding for LTC organizations impacted by COVID-19.
The federal government has passed one specialized funding bill and will likely pass another to deal with the virus. We will continue to work with state officials on how to best allocate these funds to aging services.
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to talk about any of the above items.
George Linial, CAE, CASP
President & CEO, LeadingAge Texas