CORONAVIRUS: Governor announces executive order mandating testing within state-licensed long-term care facilities Featured

Secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families Laura Howard discusses the governor's latest executive order. Secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families Laura Howard discusses the governor's latest executive order. KVOE Facebook Screenshot Image

Governor Laura Kelly's latest effort seeks to create more uniformity for COVID-19 testing practices across all state long-term care facilities.

During her weekly news briefing Wednesday, the governor announced executive order 20-69 that will require all state-licensed Kansas nursing home facilities to follow the same testing rules as facilities regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). With the order, Governor Kelly Hopes to provide clarity to facilities state-wide to better protect residents and staff alike.

Secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families Laura Howard was in attendance for the briefing and offered additional information on the order. Howard explained back in August CMS put certain requirements into place for federally licensed skilled nursing facilities mandating routine testing for staff or residents who were exhibiting COVID-19 testing.

Those requirements, however, did not apply to state-licensed facilities. Despite this, Howard says the language in the new executive will be relatively the same language contained within the federal CMS order.

 

Howard says the frequency of testing will depend heavily on the test positivity rate within a specific county. The executive order will go into effect Monday.

Following the executive order's announcement, Governor Kelly offered a brief update on the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan as announced last week. Kelly noted there was very little new information to offer other than to say the first shipment of vaccines from Pfizer should be arriving at some point this week with the first shipment of Moderna vaccines expected next week.

The Governor is scheduled to hold her next news briefing next Wednesday at 4 pm.

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