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March 13, 2020 - DC Health Infection Control Recommendations for Preparedness & Management of COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Friday, March 13, 2020

On March 10, 2020 the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings. Due to confirmed person-to-person transmission in DC, DC Health recommends that all skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) take aggressive steps to keep undetected COVID-19 cases from entering their facilities through visitors and healthcare workers, as well as thoroughly prepare to receive patients who are confirmed COVID-19 cases, suspected COVID-19 cases, or being transferred from facilities with known COVID-19 cases.

This document is a high level summary of the DC Health infection control recommendations. These were drafted with guidance from CDC, the March 9, 2020 memo from Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and consultation with neighboring jurisdiction Healthcare-Associated Infections Programs. These are subject to change as the situation evolves.