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Nevada’s testing policies are described below:

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  • Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
    • On the Nevada department’s COVID-19 website, “Nevada Health Response,” you will find information updated by state’s Office of Analytics with the latest statistics on confirmed cases, testing and hospitalizations
      https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
  • Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
    • Nevada issued technical bulletin expanding testing

Notable Groups: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Private clinic practicing cosmetic, or nanofat injections and grafting procedures are asked to follow the same strict guidlines.

The status of Nevada’s workforce and staffing are explained beneath:

  • State of Nevada
    • Battle Born Volunteers
    • State licensed nursing pools provided as a resource to facilities that require assistance with staffing

Notable Groups: State of Nevada

Nevada’s cohorting practices are as follows:

  • Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
    • Issued technical bulletin to health care facilities that included cohorting information
    • Issued chief medical officer orders regarding cohorting to facilities experiencing infection control issues

Notable Groups: Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Nevada has established a number of infection control surveys and other state survey activities within their state’s boundaries:

  • Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
    • Distributed infection control and prevention assessment surveys tailored to relevant settings, analyzing information to identify gaps to help target education
    • Organized collaborative weekly sessions with skilled nursing facility and assisted living associations to review and provide updates to nursing homes and assisted living facilities
    • Currently performing onsite infection control surveys in skilled nursing facilities, larger assisted living facilities, and long term acute care hospitals
    • Collaborating with the Nevada National Guard to visit smaller group homes and provide educational materials on donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental cleaning, hand hygiene, and preventive measures to protect residents from contracting COVID-19. This information is being translated into Spanish and Tagalog. The National Guard will help smaller facilities order PPE if needed

Notable Groups: Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

The status of Nevada’s nursing home (NH) communications during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
    • Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities were contacted to assess personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and prepared an inventory of facilities with PPE requests

Notable Groups: Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Nevada’s ongoing actions to improve access to personal protective equipment (PPE):

  • Nevada COVID-19 Task Force
    • The Nevada COVID task force has set up a manufacturing and retooling program for manufacturing companies to learn how they can help provide PPE in Nevada. The interested business completes an online survey which helps to determine if the business with potential competencies and capacity to contribute PPE https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDPPEM

Notable Groups: Nevada COVID-19 Task Force

Nevada’s actions to house and shelter at-risk populations and infected patients:

  • Nursing Homes
    • Larger, urban nursing homes are creating COVID-19 units at COVID-19-naïve facilities

Notable Groups: Nursing Homes

The state of Nevada’s patient transfer routines below:

  • Nevada Health Care Association, Hospital Association, and Rural Hospital Partners
    • A COVID-19-specific transfer form has been developed and is being implemented across these memberships, representing a very large portion of the Nevada health care community

Notable Groups: Nevada Health Care Association, Hospital Association, and Rural Hospital Partners

Nevada’s current resources during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Notable Groups: Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Office of the Governor Steve Sisolek

Nevada’s Telehealth Inclusion:

  • Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
  • Various Nursing Homes
    • Many nursing homes have turned to the use of technology and telehealth. Attending physicians and psychologists are using telehealth for patient visits, with some using tablets attached to an IV pole to accommodate a meaningful telehealth visit between patient and doctor

Notable Groups: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Various Nursing Homes

Nevada’s notable organizations that are confirmed nursing home assistance for the pandemic:

  • Nevada National Guard
    • Partnered with the Nevada Department of Health Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance to visit skilled nursing facilities for spot checks on infection prevention and control (cleanliness of facility, adequate staffing, and personal protective equipment)

Notable Groups: Nevada National Guard

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