The staff of nursing homes will be subjected to weekly screening by antigen test and visitors will be encouraged to carry out a PCR or antigen test beforehand, according to new recommendations from the Ministry of Health announced Thursday evening, November 19.
“The following weeks will be crucial. Everything is now being played out so that the second wave does not look like the first in nursing homes ”, underlined the Minister Delegate for Autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, during a press briefing alongside Olivier Véran, her supervising Minister.
“Regarding professionals, we recommend organizing screening of nursing home staff on a weekly basis from next week”, she explained, because “These screenings are essential to react as quickly as possible in order to identify a possible cluster”.
According to the latest figures from Public Health France stopped on November 16, 1,539 clusters were being investigated in accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people, ie more than one in five nursing homes. To start the movement, “The State will deliver 1.6 million antigenic tests to nursing homes, which will then supply themselves”, said Brigitte Bourguignon.
For visitors, a questionnaire must be completed before their entry “To enable them to assess for themselves the risk of bringing the virus into the establishment”. “Without it being an obligation”, the Minister recommends that visitors perform a PCR test seventy-two hours before the visit or an antigen test during the day at the pharmacy.
Relatives who come very often will be able to access the weekly screening campaigns of professionals. This recommendation, which was to be sent Thursday evening to nursing homes, will be applicable “Until the situation improves”, said the minister.
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