COVID-19 LTC Guidance

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2019  Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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.

Fundamental elements for preparing to care for a resident suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 include:

COVID-19 Infection Control Facility Assessment:

Guidance Documents for Long Term Care:

IDPH LTC guidance:  

CDC LTC Guidance

Resource Requests:

For urgent supply needs, such as PPE or staff, CDPH may be able to provide some stop gap support. Facilities should have sufficient PPE to implement contact/droplet precautions for all residents. To request, please please fill out a 213 Resource Request form and email to:

CDPHPHEOC@CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG

For staffing requests, indicate on the 213 resource request form:

  • Number and skills of staff requested
  • Shift
  • Who will be facility POC for coordination

To request nasopharyngeal swabs from the IDPH Laboratory, please complete the online IDPH COVID-19 Nasopharyngeal Swab Request Form

LTCF Staff Videos

The following short videos are ideal for staff viewing regarding different topics and COVID-19

 

Contact

FOR COVID-19 LONG-TERM CARE GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

312-744-1100

HOW TO REPORT COVID-19 TO CDPH

Both individual lab-confirmed cases and clusters are reportable conditions.

Providers must report all positive cases into INEDSS.

If your facility does not have access to INEDSS or you need to report a cluster of 1 or more cases (at least one of which is lab-confirmed) in a congregate setting (such as a long-term care facility, childcare setting, correctional facility, etc), please complete the COVID-19 Online Case Report Form (a confidential online survey powered by IDPH REDCap).

***Concerning calls to 311 for COVID-19, 311 calls should be reserved for discussion of management of confirmed COVID-19 cases only or urgent matters related to disposition of PUIs or cases. For these issues, call 311 during business hours / after hours / weekends / holidays and ask to speak with the medical director on call (312-744-5000 if outside the City of Chicago).

In the event of a PUI for COVID-19, healthcare providers should immediately notify infection control personnel at their healthcare facility.

Several commercial and hospital-based laboratories are now offering COVID-19 testing using a molecular assay. A list of commercial and hospital-based laboratories may be found here.

Resources

Upcoming:

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 6/12/2020 1 pm CT
Register

Now Available:

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 6/4/20
Slides

COVID-19 LTC Testing Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 6/4/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 5/29/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 5/22/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Scheduled: 5/21/20
Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 5/14/20
Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 5/13/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 5/8/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 5/7/20
Slides

Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes 
CMS Memo
Issued: 5/6/20

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 5/1/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 4/30/20
Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 4/24/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 4/23/20
Slides

Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID-19 Persons under Investigation) Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
CMS Memo
Issued: 4/19/20

Communicating about COVID-19 in Congregate Settings (Long-Term Care Facilities)
IDPH SIREN
Issued: 4/19/20

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 4/16/20
Slides

Personal Protective Equipment and Transmission-Based Precautions, Resident Placement, and Crisis Capacity Strategies
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 4/15/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 4/10/20
Video | Slides

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 4/8/20
Slides

Update: Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Clusters and Notification of Potentially Exposed Patients
CDPH Health Alert
Issued: 4/8/20

COVID-19 Long Term Care Facility Guidance
CMS Memo
Issued: 4/2/20

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 4/1/20
Slides

Interim Recommendations to Reduce Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Congregate Living Facilities: Universal Masking and Enhanced Environmental Disinfection
IDPH SIREN
Issued: 3/31/20

Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COCA Call
Issued: 3/27/20
Video

Transfer of Patients among Healthcare Facilities based on COVID-19 Status
CDPH Health Alert
Issued: 3/25/20

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 3/25/20
Slides

Letter from Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner re: COVID-19
Issued: 3/19/20

Environmental Cleaning, Disinfection, and Monitoring With Specific Information on COVID 19
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 3/18/20
Video | Slides

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update and Information for Long-term Care Facilities
COCA Call
Issued: 3/17/20
Video

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes (REVISED)
CMS Memo
Issued: 3/13/20

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 3/12/20
Video | Slides