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COVID-19 Temporary Nurse Aide Training Program Effective March 20, 2020
We know workforce challenges continue to be an ongoing issue for providers during this time of crisis. As such, GHCA has been working with DCH and Alliant Quality on Georgia’s approval of the Temporary Nurse Aide Training Program. Under the authority of the March 20, 2020 Executive Order issued by Governor Kemp, and the Section 1135 blanket waiver issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 30, 2020, HFRD is authorizing a temporary nurse aide training program, as follows:

  • Nursing homes are not required to have a current CNA Training Program in order to participate in the temporary program.
  • The temporary nurse aide training program may be administered by the nursing home utilizing the 8-hour online training course and associated skills competency checklist developed by the American Health Care Association in association with Academic Platforms, LLC (branded as CNAOnline.com).
  • All nursing homes that intend to utilize the temporary nurse aide training program must complete the Temporary Nurse Aide Facility Application and send it to Alliant Health Solutions.
  • Nursing homes also must maintain documentation at the facility of all nurse aides that complete the temporary training program including, at a minimum: evidence of successful completion of the online exam following the 8-hour training; and documentation of at least 2 hours of supervised training and completion of a skills checklist by a member of the nursing staff at the facility.
  • Once the state of emergency has been lifted, the Department will allow a period of time for temporary nurse aides to complete any additional training necessary for them to pass the required Georgia Certified Nurse Aide Competency Test administered by Pearson VUE and to enroll in the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.

Click here for the Department’s memo related to this authorization.

HFRD Infection Control Desk Audit Process

  • Skilled Nursing Centers: 
    • Click here for the SNF Infection Control Desk Audit Tool. Note: This information is only required to be submitted once.
    • Following the initial provision of the information included on the desk audit tool, centers should be prepared to submit the following information to the Department on a daily basis:
      • Current Facility Census
      • Total Number of Residents Tested
      • Total Positive COVID-19 Cases
      • Number of Residents in Quarantine at the Facility
      • Number of Residents Discharged to the Hospital related to COVID-19
    • Centers should submit their information to their District HFRD Contact:
  • Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes. 
  • Following the initial provision of the information included on the desk audit tool, centers should be prepared to submit the following information to the Department on a daily basis:
    • Current Facility Census
    • Total Number of Residents Tested
    • Total Positive COVID-19 Cases
    • Number of Residents in Quarantine at the Facility
    • Number of Residents Discharged to the Hospital related to COVID-19
  • ALFs & PCHs can submit their information to any of the following contacts:

Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

COVID-19 Specimen Collection Demonstration Videos

AMDA Resource Pages

Optimizing N95 Strategies

Lab Pages

HCBS Resources

Communication Resources

Childcare for Health Care Profesionals

  • YMCA of Metro Atlanta Childcare Program for Hospital Staff & Medical Professionals
  •  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Child Care Resources - The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has provided a resource for the public to search for child care that is still open while schools are closed amid COVID-19. You may search available child care programs online at www.qualityrated.org, or you can do so by calling 1-877-ALL GA Kids (1-877-255-4254). Employers seeking child care options for a group of 25 employees or more can call 470-426-2610 for direct support.

Telehealth Resources



General Infection Prevention Resources


Infection Prevention Control Recommendations for Patients with Candida Auris
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is alerting U.S. healthcare facilities to be on the lookout for Candida Auris due to concerns of an increased incidence of Candida Auris. Candida Auris is a type of yeast that may cause severe illness in residents and patients in a variety of health care settings, including long-term care. The yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body causing serious invasive infections. Unfortunately, this strain of yeast does not respond to common antifungal drugs, making infections more difficult to treat. People at highest risk of infection with this type of yeast are people who have been hospitalized or live in a healthcare facility a long time, have central venous catheters, or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously been receiving antibiotics or antifungal medications. Common symptoms include fever and chills that don’t improve after antibiotic treatment for suspected bacterial infection. Only laboratory testing can diagnose Candida Auris infection. Georgia’s Department of Public Health recommends the following:

  • Place patients infected or colonized with C. auris in a single room on standard and contact precautions.
  • Assess and enhance gown and glove use. This should include ensuring staff have completed PPE donning and doffing training with return demonstration. Audit compliance with PPE selection, use, donning, and doffing for all disciplines and all shifts. Set a facility goal for compliance.  Graph results monthly to easily detect trend and provide feedback to all stakeholders regularly. During auditing, perform real time coaching when non-adherence is observed. Once facility goal is achieved and sustained for a minimum of 3 months, consider de-escalation of auditing frequency (e.g., from monthly to quarterly). Escalation and de-escalation of auditing can be determined by performance.
  • Reinforce hand hygiene. This should include ensuring staff have completed hand hygiene training with return demonstration. Perform auditing and feedback as described for PPE. Hand hygiene auditing should be performed for both opportunity and technique. 
  • Coordinate with environmental services to ensure the patient care environment is cleaned with a disinfectant that is effective against C. auris (i.e., those effective against Clostridioides difficile). Learn more.
  • Work with the environmental services team to monitor the cleaning and disinfection process. 

Further details regarding CDC’s recommendations for infection prevention for C. auris can be found here. Below are additional resources that may assist with your infection control program review and staff education: