Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Long Term Care

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines an outbreak of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility as at least 3 positive cases detected in residents during a 14 day period. Long-term care facilities that reach the level of an outbreak must continue to notify IDPH that they have an outbreak. A member of the IDPH HAI nurse team will work with the facility to provide support and assess the number of identified cases they have detected in both their residents and staff within 24 hours of reaching the outbreak definition. 

Facilities can notify IDPH at any time by completing an online form by clicking the link below or scanning the QR code below with a smart device. The online report takes less than 5 minutes to complete. 

Facilities can also notify IDPH by calling 1 (800) 362-2736 during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday) or 515-323-4360 outside of normal business hours. When calling, state that you are calling to report COVID-19 cases in a long-term care facility.

Reporting Link: https://redcap.link/ltc.covid.report

Latest Updates 

LTC Resource Quick Reference Guide 8.17.21

Checklist for LTC Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks 7.1.21

SHL LTC Testing Guidance 5.11.21

LTC Antigen Testing Guidance 5.6.21

Long Term Care Visitation Guidance 4.29.21

Long Term Care Guidance for Vaccine Accessibility 3.24.21

PPE Donning and Doffing Checklist 11.19.20

IDPH LTC Staffing Guidance 11.3.20

Memory Care Unit Mitigation Measures Checklist 10.30.20

CMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities 9.16.20

 Guidance for Senior Centers and Adult Day Programs 6.11.20

CDC Healthcare Worker Return to Work Guidance (IDPH recommends using the non-test strategy discussed in this document)

CDC's What to do if You Are Sick (IDPH recommends the non-test based strategy discussed in this document)

Letter template for LTC resident diagnosed with COVID-19

Letter template for LTC staff diagnosed with COVID-19

CDC Guidelines for Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

Retirement Communities and Independent Living

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities 

COVID-19 Checklist: Older Persons

Interactive Resources

NEW - Interactive Checklist for LTC Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks (9.2.21)

Information on IDPH LTC Office Hours 8.20.21

How-To Video on Reporting Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities (7:18) 8.24.21

How-To Video Slides and Transcript 8.24.21

Isolation versus Quarantine (22:12) 10.8.21

Isolation versus Quarnatine Slides and Transcipt 10.8.21

CDC Mini Webinar Series for Long Term Care on YouTube