As states and localities begin to stabilize and COVID-19-related healthcare demand decreases, it is important to safely resume care in order to treat ongoing health needs that are currently being postponed. CMS has issued guidance for health care facilities looking to expand operations in the next phase of COVID-19 pandemic re-openings. The guidance can be accessed at this link: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-recommendations-reopening-facilities-provide-non-emergent-care.pdf
Guidelines for Opening Up America Again are still applicable to all areas, and can be found here. If States or regions have determined with their public health officials that they passed the Gating Criteria (symptoms, cases, and hospitals) announced on April 16, 2020, then they may proceed to Phase I, and subsequently to Phase II of re-opening. Consistent with those recommendations, facilities should check with their State and local authorities to confirm if Gating Criteria have been met in their area.