New Guidance on COVID-19 for DHS-licensed settings

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New Guidance on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for

DHS-licensed settings

Office of Inspector General, Licensing Division

April 3, 2020

Interim Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 in DHS-Licensed Settings with At-Risk Persons

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) continue to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation closely. MDH and DHS are collaborating to ensure that guidance is available for DHS-licensed programs. This guidance is directed at residential and non-residential settings in which individuals at higher risk of COVID-19 illness reside or receive services.

Infection Prevention and Control Resources

Hand Hygiene

MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you provide anti-bacterial hand rub in areas, education to staff and residents, and hand hygiene reminders throughout the day.

Disinfecting and Sanitizing Surfaces

Cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces is important to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Personal Protective Equipment

Promote patient safety and increase the safety of the healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Resources to educate staff on the use of Personal Protective Equipment include:

Interim Guidance on Facemasks as a Source Control Measure

In this guidance, MDH recommends the use of face masks as a source control measure to prevent infected individuals from spreading disease. 

Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks

In this guidance, MDH provides information on when it is appropriate to wear an alternative facemask, and resources and instructions to make alternative facemasks.

Resources for Employees

Communication Resources

MDH and the CDC offer free resources including video PSAs, fact sheets, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19:

Where to get information

Continue to check the following resources for updated information and guidance: