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Long-term care facilities (LTCFs), including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, provide care to some of the most vulnerable populations, including elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions. Resources below aim to provide interim guidance for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in LTCFs. Given the high risk of spread once COVID-19 enters a LTCF, facilities must act immediately to protect residents, families, and staff from serious illness, complications, and death.

  1. Keep COVID-19 from entering your facility
    • Visitor restrictions
    • Emergency travel order
    • Universal masking 
    • Staff work restrictions
    • Reopening guidelines
  2. Identify infections early
    • Reporting cases to CDPH
    • Resident monitoring
    • Testing and specimen collection
    • Notification and communication
  3. Prevent spread of COVID-19
    • Transmission Based Precautions
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) use
    • Cleaning and disinfection
    • Hand hygiene 
  4. Assess supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and initiate measures to optimize current supply
    • PPE supply optimization strategies
    • Burn rate calculator
  5. Identify and manage severe illness
    • Cohorting guidance
    • Resident monitoring 
    • Clinical management 

COVID-19 Infection Control Facility Assessment:

Guidance Documents for Long Term Care:

IDPH LTC Guidance:  

CDC LTC Guidance:

Resource Requests:

Contact & Reporting

For COVID-19 Long-term Care Guidance and Support: 

312-744-1100

How to Report COVID-19 Cases to CDPH:

Both individual lab-confirmed cases and clusters are reportable conditions. Providers must report all positive cases into INEDSS or, if your facility does not have access to INEDSS, via the COVID-19 Online Case Report Form (a confidential online survey powered by IDPH REDCap).

Additionally, facilities must submit a weekly COVID-19 Facility Summary Report, capturing all known residents and staff with confirmed COVID-19 infections to date along with any currently symptomatic residents or staff. Facilities using rapid antigen testing machines in-house must also submit a weekly COVID-19 Antigen Test Result Report. Both reports are due on Thursdays by 12 p.m. and can be submited using the CDPH Facility Summary Report Upload Site.

Resources

Upcoming:

CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management 
CMS-CDC Q&A Webinar
Scheduled: 10/22/2020 3:00-4:00 pm CT

Register

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 10/23/2020 1:00-1:30 pm CT
Register

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Scheduled: 10/29/20 12:30-1:30 pm CT
Join

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 10/30/2020 1:00-1:30 pm CT
Register

Now Available:

Updated Interim Guidance for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities and Programs: Phased Reopening
IDPH SIREN
Issued: 10/21/2020

Recommendations for Testing Individuals with Signs or Symptoms Consistent with COVID-19 Infection and/or Close Contact with a Confirmed or Probable Case of COVID-19
IDPH SIREN
Issued: 10/20/2020

Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care COVID-19 Vaccination
CDPH HAN Alert
Issued: 10/19/2020

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 10/15/2020

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 10/15/2020
Slides 

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 10/9/2020

Video | Slides 

Interim Guidance on Antigen Testing for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care
IDPH SIREN Alert
Issued: 10/8/2020

Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Influenza Outbreaks in Illinois Long Term Care Facilities
IDPH SIREN Alert
Issued: 10/8/2020

2020 General Election Guidance Voting Information for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Facilities
IDPH SIREN Alert
Issued: 10/5/2020

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 10/2/2020

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 10/01/2020
Slides 

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 9/25/2020

Video | Slides 

CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management 
CMS QIO Q&A Webinar
Issued: 9/24/2020

VideoSlides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 9/18/2020

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 9/17/2020 
Slides 

Nursing Home Visitation - COVID-19 
CMS Memorandum
Issued: 9/17/2020 

Archived Resources