Health Alerts, Advisories and Updates
Health Update: January 31, 2014
SUBJECT: Influenza in Missouri, 2013-2014
On December 26, 2013, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a Health Advisory containing information on the current influenza season as well as recommendations on diagnostic testing and the use of antiviral drugs (http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/pdf/HAd122613.pdf).
This Health Update summarizes influenza activity in Missouri through late January, and provides information on how medical providers and facilities can access DHSS’ Weekly Influenza Report. Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates are available on the DHSS website. For the most current information, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.
Missouri has experienced extreme weather conditions this winter, and there is a chance of more inclement weather in the forecast. The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation would like to remind you there are emergency preparedness representatives in your community to help you with emergency planning and are there to help in the event of a disaster.
You can find your local emergency management director (EMD) on the State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) website at www.sema.dps.mo.gov. Scroll down to Contact Your Local Emergency Management Agency and choose your county.
State regulations require all long-term care homes to provide a copy of their emergency plan to their local EMD. Please reference the following regulations:
19 CSR 30-85.022 (33) and 19 CSR 30-86.022 (5)(A) All facilities shall have a written plan to meet potential emergencies or disasters and shall request consultation and assistance annually from a local fire unit for review of fire and evacuation plans. If the consultation cannot be obtained, the facility shall inform the state fire marshal in writing and request assistance in review of the plan. An up-to-date copy of the facility’s entire plan shall be provided to the local jurisdiction’s emergency management director.
For additional information regarding emergency preparedness, please contact Melissa Hope, Planner II, Division of Regulation and Licensure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources are also available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here: Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Fourth Quarter 2013