Overview

Critical Step 2

Identify Infections Early

  • 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:
    • Clusters of respiratory infection
    • Individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Tools & Resources

 

LTFC Reporting

How To Report COVID-19 Cases To CDPH:


**NEW** Updated CDPH SNF Case Report Form

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.

LTFC contact

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

312-744-1100

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