Critical Step 1

Keep COVID-19 from entering your facility

  • Follow visitation guidance from IDPH & CMS
  • Actively screen every person (both staff and non-staff) that enters the building for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19. Send ill personnel home. Sick leave policies should be flexible and non-punitive.
  • Request that essential HCP, students, and volunteers provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from a specimen collected within the preceding week.
  • Implement universal masking for everyone in the facility.

Tools and Resources:

COVID-19 Reporting

For COVID-19 Long-Term Care Guidance And Support:


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 submitted using the CDPH Facility Summary Report Upload Site.

We also ask that any potential reinfections (e.g., new positive results >90 days after the original infection) be reported through the optional SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection Case Investigation Form.

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