Critical Step 5

Identify and manage severe illness

  • Designate a location to care for residents with confirmed COVID-19, separate from other residents. As much as possible, this location should have dedicated staffing and equipment.
  • Monitor ill residents (including documentation of temperature and oxygen saturation) at least every 4 hours (q4) to quickly identify residents who require transfer to a higher level of care.

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. This report is due each 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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