TO: LTC Administrators
Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) should be aware of the following updates to CDPHE and CDC guidance documents related to the COVID-19 response.
Updated Colorado testing criteria, found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/covid-19-testing
It is not necessary to wait for other viral testing results, such as influenza or RSV, prior to testing for COVID-19, but if other respiratory viruses might be suspected testing can be done concurrently. Follow your usual protocols for influenza and RSV testing. Make sure you follow CDC guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE); see below guidance links.
CDC has issued new guidance for LTCFs found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html.
CDC has also updated guidance for infection control in healthcare facilities, found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updated guidance for LTCFs, found here https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-14-nh-revised.pdf.
For specific questions, please call the CDPHE Call Center at 303-692-2700.