Actively screen all residents every shift for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; if symptomatic, immediately isolate, test, and implement appropriate Transmission-Based Precautions.
Older adults with COVID-19 may not show typical symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms. Atypical symptoms may include new or worsening malaise, new dizziness, or diarrhea. Identification of these symptoms should prompt isolation and further evaluation for COVID-19.
Actively screen all staff pre-shift and mid-shift for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; if symptomatic, immediately exclude from work.
Test all previously negative staff on a weekly basis.
Test all symptomatic and/or exposed residents as soon as possible. Additionally, if your facility has had a staff or nursing home-onset resident case within the past 28 days, test all previously negative residents on a weekly basis until 28 days have elapsed since the specimen collection date for the most recent case.
Notify the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) if these occur:
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).
To request swabs and packing supplies from the IDPH Laboratory, please complete the online request form. Note that you will need your facility's outbreak number, which you can request from CDPH, to order supplies.
Illinois requirements for long term care facility notification to residents and residents’ next of kin, guardians or emergency contacts when that resident, another resident or a staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19.
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).