The National PACE Association (NPA) recognizes that PACE organizations, as community-based providers serving a population that is particularly at risk for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), depend on up-to-date information to make vital decisions on behalf of their participants and staff. We have created this page as a hub where you can quickly access information related to COVID-19 and our efforts to assist PACE organizations.

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In addition, NPA has designated the Emergency Preparedness e-Community as the primary location for NPA members to exchange information related to COVID-19. If you are not already a member of the e-community, click here to select it. 

NPA recognizes that PACE organizations are actively responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19. As part of those efforts, we recommend that PACE organizations take the following steps:

  • monitor Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for the most up-to-date information;
  • review infection prevention and control policies to ensure they are current and consistent with CDC guidance;
  • review emergency preparedness plans to ensure readiness; and
  • ensure effective communications with key stakeholders, including participants, family, staff, contractors, public health officials and regulators. 

NPA is working everyday with regulatory, legislative and state policy staff as PACE organizations confront the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Here is an update of NPA Congressional and regulatory activities. 

Everyday Preventive Actions

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. WHO and CDC recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. These include the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever you return home, after coughing or sneezing, after caring for the sick, before eating, after using the toilet, and after handling animals or animal waste.
  • If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • When coughing or sneezing, use the crook of your arm to cover your mouth or use a tissue. Throw the tissue in a closed bin, then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC believes the virus can spread within six feet, so keep at least that much distance between yourself and someone showing symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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