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DHHS developing response plan for long term care facilities

Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.
Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.(KSNB)
Published: May. 15, 2020 at 1:13 PM CDT
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Friday afternoon, Governor Rickets said they're working with DHHS on a response plan in all long term care facilities.

"We continue to work with our long term facilities in the state to provide them with guidance," added Ricketts.

Ricketts said they've been asking facilities how they're going to continue to manage through the end of the year, moving forward from this pandemic.

"There's no immunity for this virus, we can only slow the spread and we have to continue to manage this, keeping the health and safety of the residents on the forefront," said Ricketts.

Officials said they're working on how they manage family interaction with residents and come up with a plan for all facilities across the state. DHHS says care for residents is their top priority and that's why they're developing a response plan for COVID-19.

Their key areas of management will include ill residents, how they handle visitors, supplies and resources, infection control, and even how they are able to request personal protective equipment. Each facility across the state will have to make sure they have a plan in place and once completed they will have to send it in to DHHS.

"We all want to protect our vulnerable residents and help maintain quality care for residents and staff," said a DHHS spokesperson.

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