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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
    • Resident monitoring
    • Testing and specimen collection
    • Reporting requirements
    • 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
    • Respiratory protection
  5. Identify and manage severe illness
    • Cohorting guidance
    • Resident monitoring 
    • Clinical management 
    • Influenza guidance
  6. Vaccinate residents and staff
    • COVID-19 vaccine information
    • LTCF Pharmacy Partnership Program

COVID-19 Data:

Guidance Documents for Long Term Care:

IDPH LTC Guidance:  

CDC LTC Guidance:

COVID-19 Infection Control Facility Assessment:

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).

All 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. Additionally, facilities that are conducting in-house antigen testing and do not yet have the ability to report individual-level antigen results (positive, negative, and inconclusive) to IDPH or NHSN must submit a weekly COVID-19 Antigen Test Result Report to CDPH. Both reports are due on Thursdays by 12 p.m. and can be submited using the CDPH Facility Summary Report Upload Site.

Resources

Upcoming:

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Scheduled: 01/21/2021 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. CT
Join

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 01/22/2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Register

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Scheduled: 01/29/2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Register

Now Available:

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 01/15/2021

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 01/14/2021
Slides 

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 01/08/2021

Video | Slides 

What Black America Needs to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
BlackDoctors.org
Issued: 01/07/2021 

Long-term Care Town Hall with Dr. Allison Arwady 
Chicago LTCR/Facebook Live 
Issued: 01/07/2021 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 12/29/2020
Slides 

What Clinicians Need to Know about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
COCA Webinar
Issued: 12/18/2020
Slides/Video

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 12/18/2020

Audio | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 12/17/2020
Slides 

COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Briefing
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 12/15/2020

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 12/11/2020

Video | Slides 

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 12/10/2020
Slides 

Investigation and Request for Possible SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Cases
CDPH HAN Alert
Issued: 12/08/2020

CMS Targeted COVID-Training Mandate
IDPH Memo
Issued: 12/04/2020

COVID-19 LTC Q&A Webinar
IDPH Webinar
Issued: 12/04/2020

Video | Slides 

Local Implementation of CDC Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Recommendations and Considerations
CDPH HAN Alert
Issued: 12/04/2020

Essential Caregiver Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities
IDPH SIREN
Issued: 12/02/2020

COVID-19 Chicago Long Term Care Roundtable
Chicago LTCR
Issued: 11/25/2020
Slides 

Archived Resources