Reducing the COVID-19 Spread in Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care Facilities

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Skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are among the hardest hit by COVID-19, reporting a high rate of cases that have resulted in almost half of the fatalities nationwide. In addition to having a higher risk population, many of these facilities have faced gaps in infection control and numerous other challenges that are unique to caring for an older, more vulnerable population.

A strong surveillance system and a response system that leverages real-time information will help skilled nursing and long-term facilities quickly and efficiently execute protocols, preparedness measures and build organizational resilience in response to COVID-19.

Learn how skilled nursing and long-term facilities are working to respond to the challenges in real-time by:

  • Rapidly communicating with staff about infection control protocols
  • Notifying physicians and family members of confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Collaborating with healthcare coalitions and state emergency agencies
  • Polling check-ins with staff about symptoms and coordination to fill shift shortages

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