CDC Provides Updates on Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated interim infection prevention and control recommendations to prevent COVID-19 spread in nursing homes. The updates include:

  • ​Merging of two prior guidance documents: “Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes” and “Performing Facility-wide COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Homes.
  • Visitation and physical distancing measures.
  • Health department notification criteria to be consistent with Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist guidance for reporting.

Additions to recommendations include:

  • ​Information on importance of vaccinating resident and healthcare personnel (HCP) with appropriate links.
  • Proper use and handling of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Universal PPE use to align with the interim infection prevention and control guidance​ for HCP.
  • A description of when it may be appropriate for a resident with a suspected COVID-19 infection to “shelter-in-place”.
  • Considerations for situations when it might be appropriate to keep the room door open for a resident with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • Management of residents who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection, including a description of quarantine recommendations (resident placement, recommended PPE, and duration of quarantine).
  • Addressing circumstances when quarantine is recommended for residents who leave the facility.
  • Responding to newly identified COVID-19 infected resident or HCP.
  • Addressing quarantine and work exclusion considerations for asymptomatic residents and HCP who are within 90 days of resolved infection.

​​Even as nursing homes resume normal practices and begin relaxing restrictions, nursing homes must sustain core IPC practices and remain vigilant for COVID-19 infection among residents and HCP in order to prevent spread and protect residents and staff​.​

Posted in COVID-19