Resources for Long-Term Care Facilities

 

Because we know that older and medically vulnerable adults have significantly increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, it is imperative that we take every effort to prevent introduction of and spread of this infectious disease into residential care facilities an respond quickly to suspect cases within long term care facilities. If a health care worker or resident of a facility is diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately contact your local public health department to receive further guidance on infection control. You can contact the Winnebago County Health Department at 920-232-3000; there is an afterhours answering service for evenings, holidays and weekends.

CLICK HERE for data updates from WCHD for Healthcare Providers, First Responders & Long-Term Care Facilities

On September 23, 2022 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control updated their Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic and issued two memos; QSO-20-38-NH REVISED Interim Final Rule, COVID-19 Facility Testing Requirements and QSO-20-39-NH REVISED Nursing home Visitation - COVID-19 Visitation Guidance.

Highlights from these updates include: 

  • Routine testing of asymptomatic staff is no longer recommended but may be performed at the discretion of facilities
  • Updated recommendations for testing individuals in healthcare settings who have recovered from COVID-19
  • Guidance regarding staff, residents and visitors wearing face coverings and masks during visits 

Updated links as of September 2022: 

  • Other actions for Long Term Care Facilities:
    - Implement active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
    - Remind residents to practice social distancing and perform frequent hand hygiene.
    - Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. 
  • If your facility does not have a case of COVID-19 in your facility keep COVID-19 from entering your facility:
    - Actively screen all HCP and residents for fever and respiratory symptoms before starting each shift; send them home if they are ill.
    - Identify infections early. 
    When a case is identified, public health can help inform decisions about testing asymptomatic residents on the unit and in the facility.

Additional Resources: 

 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources: