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27th April 2022

Summary of COVID-19 guidance April to June 2022 for Wales

See below the guidance on infection prevention and control measures for social care. It also includes guidance on visits in and out of care homes. You can also download the summary table here

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MeasuresGuidance
VaccinationsAdditional spring booster dose for our most vulnerable individuals (commencing mid-March).
Staff testingStaff working with vulnerable individuals in social care settings/services should undertake LFT testing twice weekly (as a minimum). No routine asymptomatic PCR testing to be undertaken. PCR tests for symptomatic staff and care home residents can be accessed via Community Testing Units.
Self-isolationAsymptomatic staff who are contacts of COVID-19 positive cases can continue working but should test using LFTs for 7 days.

Asymptomatic staff who are household contacts are advised to take a PCR first, and then test using LFTs for 7 days.

All staff members who are COVID-19 positive should remain away from work and strongly advised to selfisolate for at least 5 days and to test on day 5 and 6. Staff can return where two negative LFTs are obtained.
PPE good practiceFRSM masks, gloves and aprons should be worn when providing direct, personal care in all cases. Where the person receiving care is suspected or confirmed as
having COVID-19, protective eyewear should also be worn.
Social distancingSocial distancing can be relaxed when there is no evidence of COVID-19 circulating in the setting.

Should an incident or an outbreak occur in a care home, social distancing could be re-introduced as a mitigating measure.
Mask wearingStaff not providing direct personal care should continue to wear an FRSM mask.

It is advised that face coverings are worn by visitors when in public areas of care homes and when moving through the care home but may otherwise be removed.
Care home visitorsRoutine indoor visiting should be enabled and encouraged when there is no outbreak at the care home. Visiting arrangements should be as open and flexible as possible and if appointment systems are used, they should facilitate rather than restrict visiting.

There should not be inappropriate restrictions on visitor numbers or on the length and frequency of visits.

People may now nominate 2 ‘essential visitors’ to ensure continuity of visits during an outbreak. They may visit separately or at the same time.

Advise LFT testing by visitors/visiting professionals and evidence of a negative test result within the 24 hour period preceding the visit. Care homes should make LFTs available to visitors to self-administer off-site.

Visitors should continue to wear masks/face coverings in communal areas of the care home but may remove them in a person’s room or designated visiting area.

Routine visiting into and out of care homes may be supported during some COVID-19 incidents or outbreaks, depending on public health advice for the specific outbreak.
Residents going out and
returning from visits within
the community
Providers should support and encourage people living in care homes to exercise their right to go out and to participate in family and community life.

LFT testing after a visit out is only advised in very limited circumstances depending on the nature of the activity and the risk of virus transmission, particularly if the resident is not vaccinated.

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