On April 13, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will adjust some visitation and resident management measures for residential long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are listed below.
I. Visitation management: the requirement for visitors, individuals accompanying patients, and new companions who don't have COVID-19-related symptoms and exposure history to take rapid tests will be removed.
II. Management of the entry and exit of residents:
A. The requirement that new residents and residents who don't have COVID-19-related symptoms and exposure history need to take rapid tests and undergo isolation when they return to their facilities after staying overnight outside as well as being admitted to the facilities from the hospital or discharged from the hospital will be removed.
B. In principle, such residents do not need to take COVID-19 rapid tests when they enter/return to their facilities. The facilities can evaluate whether these residents have COVID-19-related symptoms or exposure history and necessary actions should be taken.
III. Management measures to take when a resident tests positive for COVID-19:
A. In principle, the resident testing positive for COVID-19 should not receive visitors, accompany others, have a new companion, or go out during his or her self-health management period. If the conditions for exceptions are met, the above rule do not need to be followed with the permission of the facility.
B. The residents who had close contact with the resident testing positive can still receive visitors, accompany others, have a new companion, or go out.