In response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Virginia’s long-term care facilities, Governor Northam established the Virginia COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force on April 10 to:
- Ensure long-term care facilities have the resources they need to combat the virus;
- Strengthen staffing, testing and infection control measures at long-term care facilities; and
- Keep stakeholders informed about the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities.
Membership of the task force is broad based, including state agency representatives from the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and Department of Veterans Services; long term care facility representatives including Virginia Health Care Association, Virginia Assisted Living Association, and LeadingAge Virginia; Medicaid managed care organizations, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, facility medical directors as well as the Virginia National Guard and family members of long-term care facility residents and their advocates.
Issue areas being reviewed by the Task Force include facility staffing and financing, infection control, personal protective equipment and supplies, COVID-19 testing, communications, and discharge planning.