July 1, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.

Facility Licensing and Investigations Section
Current Blast Faxes
To improve communications within the health care community these notices were sent via a "Blast-Fax" system to pertinent health care institutions.  The institutions included: Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Providers Group, Outpatient Surgical Centers, Substance Abuse Facilities, Mental Health Facilities, Residential Care Homes, Home Health Agencies, ICF/MR Facilities and Outpatient Dialysis Units.

2022 Blast Faxes

2022-1 Workplace Violence Reporting
2022-2 Memory Care Units by ALSAs
2022-3 Guidance regarding hospital discharges to post-acute care
2022-4 Alternate Care Space
2022-5 Vaccination Boosters

2022-06 Visitation and Masking 

2022-7 Rapid Test Kits for Visitation Executive Order
2022-8 Executive Order 14B

2022-08A EO 14B Revised Compliance Guidance 

EO 14B Compliance Guidance REVISED

2022-08B  EO 14 B, Compliance Guidance Revised March 1, 2022

EO 14B Compliance Guidance Revised March 1, 2022

2022-9 Visitation Guidance for Nursing Homes

NH Visitation Guidance

2022-10 Weather Alert

2022-11 Rapid Test Kits for Executive Order 14F

Nursing Home POD Hartell

2022-12 PPE Availability and One-time Ordering

2022-13 EO 14B Webinar

2022-14 Nursing Home Staffing Level Requirements 

2022-15 Extensions of EOs Pertaining to LTC

2022-16 Survey Request

2022-17 Legionella Workshop 2022

2022-18 EO 14B Reporting Webinar

2022-19 Essential Care Giver Policies

Visitation and Essential Care Giver Policy and Procedures

2022-20 Order of Reinstatement License Renewal Requirements

Order of Reinstatement of Licensure Renewal Requirements

2022-21 The Medication Administration and Supervision Training to Support Recovery (MASTSR) program

2022-22 Cooling Systems and Preventative Maintenance

2022-23 Possible Payment Scam

2022-25 Fit Testing for N95 respirators

2022-26 Temporary Nurse Aide (TNA) Survey

2021 Blast Faxes

2021-1 Survey Regarding Intravenous Therapy at the Nursing Home Level

2021-2 Connecticut County Positivity Rates for Nursing Home Testing and Visitation

2021-3 Long Term Care Information on Resident Vaccination Status

2021-4 Transition from Pharmacy Partnership to Federal Retail

2021-5 DSS, Treatment of Economic Stimulus Payment

2021-6 Labor Negotiations

2021-7 Hemodialysis Workforce Survey

2021-8 Revised Visitation Guidance from CMS

2021-9 SARS-CoV-2 Confirmatory Testing at the State Public Health Laboratory for Long Term Care Facilities

2021-10 ALSA-MRC Testing Toolkit

2021-11 Visitation Summit

2021-12 FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

2021-13 Webinar-Strike Contingency Plans

2021-14 COVID-19 Testing

2021-15 Applicant Background Check Management System (ABCMS) Program

2021-16 Updated Requirement for COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

2021-17 Applicant Background Check Management System (ABCMS) Program

2021-17A ABCMS Program Webinars

2021-17B ABCMS Program

2021-17C ABCMS Program Webinars June and July 2021

2021-17D ABCMS Official Inquiry Regarding Employment of 7K Workers

2021-17F Available Appointments 7/15/21

2021-17G ABCMS Fingerprinting

2021-18 Weather Alert

Recommendations for Management of NH Residents during Hot Weather

2021-19 ALSA COVID-19 Testing Program

2021-20 Temporary Nurse Aid Bridge to CNA Program

2021-21 Project Firstline: The Power to Stop Infections. Together

2021-22 Important COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Survey-Boosters

2021-23 Commissioner Order re COVID Testing for Unvaccinated Staff

2021-24 Immunization Guidance for Executive Order 13B

Executive Order 13B

2021-24A Updated Guidance for Executive Order 13B, Vaccination Mandate

EO-13B Compliance Guidance Update 8-20-21

2021-25 Weather Update

2021-26 Executive Orders 13E and 13F

2021-26A Executive Order 13F Compliance Guidance

EO-F Implementation Guidance for Executive Order 13F Vaccination Mandate for Staff in Long-Term Care Facilities

2021-28 Enrollment to administer COVID-19 vaccines

2021-29 Order of Production of Records

2021-30 Long Term Care Facilities Booster Pharmacy Partners

2021-31 Updated booster recommendations, and Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) pharmacy matching support

2021-33 STATEWIDE ACCESS: Isolation Option for DMHAS and Other Behavioral Health Program Participants

2021-34 Infection Preventionist Qualifications

2021-35 CDC Health Advisory

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Advisory

2021-36 CMS's QSO 22-07

QSO 22-07

2020 Blast Faxes

2020-1 Facility Licensing and Investigations Section Contact Information for ICD facilities

2020-2 DPH HAI Educational Program

2020-3 Abbott Point of Care i-STAT

2020-4 COVID-19 and CMS Directives

2020-5 COVID-19 and CDC Guidance

2020-6 Laboratory Testing for COVID-19

  Long Term Care Map- Members to Update Supplies and Vendors

2020-7 Visiting Restrictions in Nursing Homes

2020-7A Visiting Restrictions in Nursing Homes, excluding State Marshals, Attorneys and Conservators

2020-7B Visitor Restrictions

2020-8 Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths

2020-9 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Dialysis Facilities

2020-10 Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel

2020-11 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 in Hospice Agencies

2020-12 Reducing of eliminating the need for boarding of patients in the hospital ED and Authorization and guidelines for use of alternate space for assessment and treatment of ambulatory patients presenting with COVID-19

2020-13 Potential Resource for COVID-19 Alternative Site Testing (Trailer service)

2020-14 Orders from the Governor and DPH Commissioner 

2020-15 Notice from Chief Medical Officer

2020-15A Information from Chief Medical Examiner

Change to the list of Reportable Laboratory Findings

2020-16 Answers to FAQ from the FDA related to tests for SARS-CoV2

Interim Recommendations for PPE in Home Care

Order from DPH Commissioner Coleman-Mitchell dated 3/23/2020

2020-18 Information on Office of Early Childhood

2020-19 CMS Guidance Regarding Prioritization of Survey Activities

2020-20 Resources for Behavioral Health during an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Covid-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

2020-21 Recommendations for Deceased in Nursing Homes

2020-22 CMS Guidance for CLIA Labs

2020-23 Registration for FLIS and LTC Ombudsman Meeting

2020-24 Guidance for Use of Isolation Orders, Return-to-work

2020-25 CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Dialysis Facilities

2020-26 CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 EMTALA

2020-27 CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in IICF/IID and PRTFs

2020-28 CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 disease  in Outpatient Settings

2020-29 Updated Guidance for COVID-19

2020-29A All Healthcare Facilities

2020-30 Infection Control Guidance and Containment Webinar

2020-32 Instructions on How to Update COVID-19 data -Ambulatory Surgical Centers

2020-33 Instructions on How to Update COVID-19 data - Nursing Homes  ***DPH is requesting this data to be entered daily by 10:00 AM***

2020-34 Instructions on How to Update COVID-19 data -All Hospitals

2020-35 Instructions on How to Update COVID-19 data -All other facility types

2020-36 CMS Guidance for Processing Attestation Statements from ASC's

Memorandum COVID-19 Data Reporting Portal Closed

2020-37 Covid-19 Data Reporting Portal Closed

2020-38 Webinar Scheduled for April 15, 2020 at 2-3:00 PM

Hospital Discharges to Nursing Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-38A Revised Discharge Criteria Document.

2020-40 Nursing Students Clinical Hours in Nursing Homes and Other Facilities

2020-41 CMS QSO 20-26-NH

2020-42 All Assisted Living Facilities

2020-43 All Nursing Homes

2020-44 Student Health Care Practitioners and Clinical Hours in Facilities

2020-45 COVID-19 Testing

2020-46 Infection Control Training

2020-46A Infection Control Training Sign Up Genius

2020-47 COVID-19 ALSA reporting

2020-49 HHA and Hospice Webinar for 5-1-2020

2020-50 Use of Coveralls and Use of KN95 Respirators

2020-51 LTCF COVID-19 Daily Reporting System

DPH Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell's order dated May 9, 2020

2020-53 Request to Complete Daily Survey on COVID-19

2020-55 Interim Guidance and COVID-19 Cleaning and Protocol

Memorandum change in the COVID-19 reporting Reqirement for Long-Term Care Facilities

2020-56 CMS's Recommendation for Nursing Home Reopening

2020-57 Nurse Students Clinical Rotations

Revised Lab Executive Order from May 14, 2020

2020-58 Survey Monkey

2020-59 Survey Monkey Aggregate Numbers

2020-60 FFR Fit Testing

2020-61 Resident Room Doors

2020-62 Home Health & Hospice Meeting

2020-63 Infection Control Support Nurses

2020-64 Medication Administration Training Program

2020-67 COVID-19 Infection Control Testing Guidance

2020-68 Molecular Transport Media (MTM) Collection Kits

FAQ's on State Testing

COVID-19 Testing, Recommendations for the use of Nucleic Acid Testing

Nursing Home Staff and Resident Testing

2020-71 Nursing Home Staff Testing Care Partner Assignments

2020-72 COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance, and FAQs-NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module

2020-73 CT Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Daily Reporting System 

2020-74 Guidance for Hospitals for Inpatient Medication Use for Opioid with Management and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment 

2020-74A Guidance to Hospital Inpatient Medication Medication Use for Opioid Withdrawal Management and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

2020-75 Assisted Living Services Agency and Staff Testing Tool Kit

2020-75A Assisted Living Services Agency/Managed Residential Community Resident and Staff Testing Tool Kit

2020-76 Testing Algorithms 

2020-77 A Collaborative Approach to Staff Testing

2020-78 PPE Distribution, Region 2 Facilities

2020-79 Recommendations of Management of Health Care Facilities during Hot Weather

2020-80 Survey Monkey and Zoom Training

Revised FDA Letter for Blast Fax 2020-80

2020-81 Thermo Fischer

2020-82 Weather Alert; Heavy Rain, High Winds

2020-84 PODS for Region 2, Region 3

2020-84A PODS for Region 4 and Region 5

2020-84B PODS Status for Region 2 only 

2020-84C PODS for Region 2 only

2020-84D PODS for Region 2 only

2020-84E Point of Distribution (POD) Status

2020-85 Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home

2020-86 Survey Monkey on generators

2020-87 Supplemental DPH Guidance on Monthly Surveillance

2020-88 Zoom training for Donning and Doffing of PPE, Conservation Strategies and Hand Hygiene

2020-89 Supplemental DPH Guidance on the use of antigen testing in Nursing Homes

2020-90 Care Partners Reporting to DPH

2020-91 Emergency Use Authorization regarding Yales SalivaDirect

FDA -EUA Approved Form

2020-92 CMS Nursing Home Visitation COVID-19 to all Nursing Homes

2020-93 DPH Guidance on Visitation in Chronic Disease Hospital

Commissioner's Order Regarding PPE

2020-94 DPH Webinar: The CLIA certificate of waiver and the antigen instrument

2020-96 CT Infection Control Guidelines for Temporary Indoor COVID-19 Testing Sites

2020-98 Personal Protective Equipment Inventory Attestation

2020-99 Binax NOW Training Toolkit Webinars

2020-100 Binax Now COVID-19 Antigen Cards

Attestation form for Blast Fax 2020-100

Addendum Interim Guidance for Abbott Binax NOW

Interim Guidance for SARS-COV-2 Antigen Testing and Reporting Updated 10/19/2020

2020-101 Testing Frequency

2020-102 Nursing Home Staffing Summit

2020-103 Nursing Home Visitation and Request for CMP Funds

2020-103A Nursing Home Visitation and Request for CMP Funds

2020-103B Nursing Home Visitation and Request for CMPs

2020-104 Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program

2020-105 Mass Vaccination Survey Dialysis

2020-106 Nursing Home Enrollment in the Connect to Care Jobs Portal

2020-107 LTC COVID-19 Daily Reporting

2020-108 Hospital Discharge Guidance

2020-111 COVID Alert CT App

2020-112 Survey on Mass Vaccination for COVID-19

2020-113 Return to work guidance for Healthcare workers and first responders

2020-114 Point Prevalence Testing

2020-114A Point Prevalence Testing

2020-115 Licensed Infirmaries Waiver Request Information

2020-116 Federal Pharmacy Partnership in Connecticut

CT Listing for Communication for Blast Fax 2020-116

2020-117 December PODs

2020-117A December PODs for Region 4

2020-118 Reporting Requirements for SARS-COV-2 Test Results

2020-120 Lateral transfers from a nursing home to a COVID-19 recovery facility

2020-121 Urgent Care Binax Invitation

2020-122 Guidance for VAMS Enrollment

2020-123 Nurse Staffing and Incidents of Workplace Violence


2019 Blast Faxes
2019-1 Weather Alert

2019-2 The MASTSR program (the training program for the Medication Administration Training (MAT) initiative)

2019-3 Certificate of Training in Infection Prevention in the long-Term Care Setting

2019-4 Two training opportunities from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)

2019-4A Attachment to Blast Fax 2019-4

2019-5 E-Licensing System

2019-6  Hospital License Renewal-E-Licensing

2019-7 Increase in Opioid Overdoses

2019-7A Increase in Opioid Overdoses (Press Release from City of Hartford)

2019-7B Increase in Opioid Overdoses (situational awareness)

2019-8 Joint Commission Bulletin

2019-9 Recommendations for Management of Health Facilities during Hot Weather

2019-10 Medication Assisted Treatment in Nursing Homes, Buprenorphine Waiver Training

2019-11 LSP Oxygen Regulator Recall

2019-12 Late Adopters Webinar, Part One

2019-12A  Late Adopters Webinar, Part Two

2019-13  Legionella Updates

2019-14 CDC Webinar on Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

2019-15 Fall Prevention Safety Summit for Skilled Nursing Facilities

2019-15A Attachment for Blast Fax 2019-15

2019-16 Waivers for the Regulations of the Connecticut State Agencies. Sectopm 19a-495-570(m) Service Operations (5) Physical Examinations

2019-17  Medication Assisted Treatment in a Nursing Home

2019-18 List of Reportable Diseases

2019-19 Optional State Assessment (OSA) and Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

2019-19A PDPM Assessments and Grouper Update

2019-20 Labor Negotiations

2019-21 Electronic Deficiency and Violation Letter

2019-22 A Summit on Serious Illness in CT

2019-23 Continuing Education from the CDC

2019-24 LPN Refresher Program

2019-25 CDC Educational Program

2019-26 Nurse Staffing Plan and Incidents of Workplace

 10-01 Registered Nurse Staffing Requirement On Each Shift For General Inpatient Hospice Stay
 10-01a  Registered Nurse Staffing Requirement On Each Shift For General Inpatient Hospice Stay
 10-02 New Electronic Survey Process
 10-03 Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP) for Evacuation and Resources/Assets February 17, 2010: WebEx Training for WebsiteData Entry
 10-03 Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP) for Evacuation and Resources/Assets
 10-03  ASCEND PASRR and Level of Care Contract Implementation

UPDATE: NAME OF COURSE: Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan Regiion 3/Capitol Region: Website Data Entry Training Course ID# 1020767


 10-04 ASCEND PASSR and Level of Care Contract Implementation
 10-04    Home Health Care CAHPS Survey
 10-04a Home Health Care CAHPS Survey
 10-06     Norovirus Infection
 10-07     MDS Oasis System Downtime
 10-07a  MDS Oasis System Downtime
 10-08     Recall Automated peritoneal dialysis (PD) Systems
 10-10a  CTCCC Quarterly Training Conference