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.
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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:
- Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (source: CDC)
- Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (source: CDC)
- Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages (source: CDC)
- Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements (source: CMS)
- Nursing Home Visitation - COVID-19 (REVISED) (source: CMS)
- CMS Rescinds December 7, 2020, Enforcement Discretion for the Use of SARS-CoV-2 Tests on Asymptomatic Individuals Outside of the Test's Instructions for Use (source: CMS)
- 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.
- COVID-19 Testing Standing Order allowing testing for 1-4 year olds (updated December 23, 2020)
- WI DHS Health Alert #25: Surveillance for New Genetic Variants of SARS-CoV-2: Information for Clinicians
- COVID-19 Health Alert #15: WI DHS Continues to Recommend Testing for Individuals with Recent Close Contact with COVID-19
- CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff & Management (WI DHS)
- Infographic on MIS-C in U.S. Children (CDC)
- CDC Guidance for Planning Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations
- COVID-19 FAQs on Health Privacy (WI DHS)
- CDC Hierarchy of Controls
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources: