COVID-19 Outbreak Plan

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With Guidance from the Centers for Disease The following guidance has been updated as of September 23, 2022 to reduce the risk of exposure to the residents, employees and visitors.

This Outbreak Plan is to be used in conjunction with the COVID-19 Rapid Response Toolkit.


Communication is an integral aspect of our outbreak plan.  The communication plan details how the community will notify residents, team member and families in the event of an outbreak. This plan will also be utilized when there is not a positive case within the community.

The community requires communication to the following individuals and entities upon receipt of notification of POSITVE results from COVID-19 testing for any residents, employees or visitors:

  • Local Department of Health
  • County Department of Health
  • Resident responsible parties
  • Employees

The communication to responsible parties and employees will include the community’s response and course of action as directed by the Department of Health to minimize the continued spread of the virus.

Communication may be via phone, text, video, email, letter, and/or through social media.

In addition to the notification of an initial positive result, the community will provide cumulative weekly updates to responsible parties through phone call and/or emails.  These updates will include the community’s continues approach in mitigating the risk of continued spread as directed by our public agencies.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case within the community, whether it is a resident or team member, this community will communicate the positive case within 24 hours.

Visitors will be required to sign acknowledgment that they are aware of positive cases within the community.

Emergency/Contingency Staffing

Due to the current environment and continued threat of spreading COVID-19, the community may see an increase in employee absences.  In preparation of this potential risk, the community has developed a COVID-19 Emergency Staffing Plan to reduce the risk of employee shortages due to extended employee absences related to COVID-19.

As part of this plan, if the community is anticipating an extended employee absence, the community will proactively work closely with other sister communities or third-party providers as necessary to provide relief staff.  If the staffing shortage is unanticipated, the community will work expeditiously to meet the needs of all residents in the event of an outbreak.

  • The community has secured a contract with at least 2 staffing agency who has confirmed their staff will work in a COVID positive environment in the event of extended absences due to COVID-19.
  • The Executive Director must develop and maintain a COVID-19 Emergency Staffing List with current contact information to include
    • Existing employees
    • Staffing Agency’s
    • Per diem employees willing to work in a COVID-19 positive environment.
  • Additional action items for securing staff
    • Communicate with sister communities the need for certain shifts
    • Offer incentives to team members to pick up open shifts
    • Utilize regional support for assistance.

Screening Process

All persons entering the community will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or risk of exposure to COVID-19.  

  • Hand Washing or use of ABHG upon entry.
  • Surgical Masks to be worn to gain entry into the community.
  • Cloth masks will not be allowed-offer surgical mask if necessary.
  • Temperature and Respiratory Screening Questionnaire will be completed.
  • Offer and encourage POC antigen rapid testing to be conducted upon arrival. Visitors are not required to comply with testing.
  • A Staff member will review the questionnaire and POC Antigen test results and acknowledge criteria met to enter the community.
  • Notify all persons that masks are not to be removed at any time.
  • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand gel after screening process complete.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must maintain 6 feet social distancing.

Staff Members

  • Hand Washing or use of ABHG upon entry.
  • Surgical Masks to be worn to gain entry into the community.
  • N95 Masks only.
  • Temperature and Respiratory Screening Questionnaire will be completed.
  • A Staff member will review the questionnaire and acknowledge that criteria has been met to enter the community.
  • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand gel after screening process complete.
  • Staff Members informed to stay home if not feeling well or exhibiting signs and symptoms.
    • Encourage testing to be completed with follow up with their primary care physician.
  • Upon Outbreak status-Infection Control Processes will be implemented including Full Droplet precautions.
  • Temperature checks daily or as directed by Local Health Department on outside community/county outbreak status
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms and notify primary care physician and POA/Responsible Party.
    • Fever 99.4 or over
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Chills
    • Malaise
    • Loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 Vaccination

As of September 7,2021, Distinctive Living employees shall have their first COVID-19 Vaccine administered (Moderna and Pfizer) or single does Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer 2nd doses shall be completed by October 7th.  Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be completed by September 7th, 2021.

All new employees shall either be fully vaccinated or will have their first Moderna or Pfizer vaccine prior to their first shift/orientation.  Booster doses shall be completed as employees become eligible.

Staff members that are exempt from vaccination for medical or religious reasons must submit documentation regarding the exemption and be tested daily prior to the start of their shift. (Unvaccinated employees will be tested daily until fully vaccinated).  Employees will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer and 14 days after the single Johnson and Johnson immunization.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Employee Testing
    • Upon Hire-New Employees must present a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their first shift including orientation.
    • Anyone with even mild symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should receive a viral test for SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible.
    • Staff members that have a known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2
      • Testing is recommended 24 hours after the exposure and if Negative,
      • 48 Hours after the first Negative,
      • Again 38 Hours after the 2nd Negative.
      • (Exposure is day 0)  Testing will occur on Day 1,3,5 after the exposure.
    • Testing is not recommended for asymptomatic people who have recovered from COVID-19 Infection in the prior 30 days and an Antigen Test is recommended as a NAAT test may remain positive but not infectious during this period.
    • Resident testing will occur
      • A NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 test shall be received within 96 hours prior to admission
      • Upon suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19
      • Upon exhibiting symptoms.
    • Private Duty (Essential Caregivers) will follow the same testing schedule as community staff.

Infection Control

  • Post signage at entry points of the community alerting staff and visitors that Positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the community.
  • All Staff to wear N-95 Masks.
  • Visitors will be screened and required to wear masks for source control.
  • Social distancing will be highly encouraged.
  • Isolation carts to be placed outside of the positive resident/resident’s doorway.
  • PPE to be changed with each interaction
  • Medical equipment to be assigned to residents testing positive.
  • All staff will be required to be in full PPE to prevent community transmission. 
  • Maintenance/Housekeeping to provide deep cleaning of all areas of the community upon first COVID-19 positive test.
  • Regular cleaning of hard surfaces.
  • Encourage residents to wear masks and wash hands or use ABHG upon leaving apartment.

Local Health Department or State Regulatory Guidance may supersede the Outbreak Response Plan.  Please request any guidance from regulatory authorities in writing

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  • Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677


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