COVID-19 Prevention and Management in Licensed Group Homes [Minnesota].
Minnesota. Department of Health.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: June 30, 2021
Minnesota Department of Health
625 Robert Street P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Tel: 651-201-5000 888-345-0823 (toll-free outside metro area)
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) are working together to respond to COVID-19. Together, the agencies give guidance to DHS-licensed residential service providers that deliver 245D licensed services in licensed community residential settings. The guidance in this document is also for MDH-licensed intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. Both types of settings are referred to in this document as “group homes.” This guidance for group homes is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, while balancing workforcechallenges and upholding the rights of people served. This guidance is intended to advise group home providers on best practices and does not mandate specific actions. Recommendations differ depending on vaccination status. A person is “vaccinated” or “fully vaccinated” if it has been at least two weeks since they got either their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose in a one-dose series like the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Group homes must continue to follow up to date federal requirements for their license type. Group homes are also encouraged to refer to Recommendations for Wearing Masks (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html) for MDH face covering recommendations, information about federal or local face covering requirements, and links to CDC guidance for specific situations (e.g., fully vaccinated populations, health care settings, etc.). (Author abstract)
GROUP HOMES; CONGREGATE CARE; RESIDENTIAL CARE INSTITUTIONS; SAFETY; PERSONAL SAFETY; PREVENTION; SAFETY RELATED OUTCOMES; COVID-19; DISASTER RESPONSE; PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT; STATE DISASTER PLANS; WORKER SAFETY; ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES; PUBLIC POLICY; MINNESOTA