HHSC Update: LTCR NF Activities - Positive COVID-19 Cases
This is a subset of the information included in the LTC Regulatory NF COVID-19 Response Plan (v3.1 6/2/20). Revisions from the prior version are indicated in red text.
HHSC Long-term Care Regulatory Activities with NFs that have Positive COVID-19 Cases
For a report of a positive COVID-19 test (resident or staff) in a NF, HHSC will take the following steps:
Verify the NF is prohibiting non-essential visitors.
Generate a priority 1 intake (must be investigated within 24 hours).
Conduct a focused review of facility infection control processes.
Communicate with the local health department/local health authority and DSHS.
Determine the number of residents suspected or positive for COVID-19.
Determine the number of staff suspected or positive for COVID-19.
Review facility isolation precautions and determine how residents are isolated in the facility (dedicated wing, private room) to ensure compliance with requirements.
Verify that upon the first positive test result of a NF staff member or resident, the facility worked with local health authorities, DSHS, and HHSC to coordinate testing of all NF staff and residents.
Determine that all staff suspected or positive for COVID-19 have been sent home and the facility knows to coordinate any return to work with the local health department.
Determine if facilities have sufficient PPE.
Determine if facilities are screening residents and staff, and at what frequency.
Determine if others (contract staff, family members) are also being tested.
Determine if there is a control or quarantine order.
Ensure the control/quarantine orders are followed.
Perform a call-down to all other facilities in the county when staff at one facility tests positive for COVID-19.
Determine if facilities are following rules and regulations related to admission and discharge and are readmitting residents when appropriate.
Determine if staff, residents, and families are notified of positive COVID- 19 cases in the facility.
Track facilities by program type and number of positive and suspected cases.
Track hospitalizations of COVID-19 positive NF residents.
Track deaths of COVID-19 positive NF residents.
Maintain communication with facilities after investigations are complete.
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