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.
Website showing test positivity, hospital admissions, and hospital utilization data for Region 11 (Chicago). These metrics are used to determine if/when to implement, advance, or remove tiered mitigation measures.
IDPH guidance covering restrictions for nursing homes and other long-term care (LTC) facilities that were instituted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Also covers infection prevention and control, visitation, communal dining, group activities, beauty/barber services, offsite outings, testing, screening, PPE, etc.
Summary of the core practices that LTCFs should use to prepare for and manage COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. Recently updated to include strategies to consider as facilities progress through the reopening stages outlined by CMS
1. Report lab-confirmed resident and staff cases within 24 hours.
2. Facilities with no new cases must report at least once a week, by Thursday 12 pm (Noon).
3. Effective immediately facilities should not longer submit weekly facility summary reports, enter cases in the Case & Cluster form, or enter cases into the Breakthrough Case Report Form.