DOH: COVID-19 LTCF-IPC Self-Assessment Tool

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has identified long term care facilities (LTCFs) to be one of the most vulnerable places for spread of COVID-19. Given the burden of COVID-19 cases in NY, we have noted many introductions of COVID-19 into LTCFs, widespread transmission within some facilities once introduced, and high mortality rates among residents. It is imperative that LTCFs take steps to prevent introduction, recognize staff and residents with possible COVID-19, and minimize transmission within the facility, while keeping staff safe from further illness. \

Attached is the NYSDOH COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) preparedness checklist. This tool is meant to be a self-assessment and provides LTCFs with all the IPC elements that need to be in place both before and after recognition of a confirmed, suspect, or possible COVID-19 case in the facility.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16