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1207. Coronavirus Disease, 2019 (COVID-19) in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF): One Large County’s Response, California 2020-2021

Publication Date Nov 1, 2021

Abstract

Abstract Background The coronavirus-19 disease (COVID-19) outbreak has had a particularly devasting effect on skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents and healthcare workers (HCWs). While representing only 11% of COVID-19 cases, the residents accounted for 43% of deaths in the United States. Methods We report a retrospective review of the support provided by our local health department (LHD) to long-term care facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This group comprised of staff from healthcare-associated infections (HAI); the Medical Operations Center (MOC); Testing, Tracing, and Treatment (T3); and the Healthcare Provider Status Taskforce (Table 1 outlines their functions). The HAI team with the State Public Health Department provided infection prevention and control (IPC) outbreak investigation, education, recommendations, and ongoing access to technical assistance. The T3 team focused on rapid response testing and tracing; the HPSTF team collected data and issued questionnaires; the MOC responded to staffing and PPE requests; and the Long-Term Care Facility sector presented routine telebriefings to update the facilities on public health guidance, share resources, and answer questions during and in between briefings. Table 1. Sectors and Function of Response Teams to COVID-19 Results From Marc...

Concepts

Infection Prevention And Control Skilled Nursing Facility Strike Teams Healthcare-associated Infections Rapid Response Testing Public Health Guidance PPE Shortages Local Health Department Public Health Laboratory Long-Term Care Facility

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