Long-term care facilities


Nursing Facilities - Assisted Living Facilities - Intermediate Care Facilities 

5 steps to protect family and loved ones in long-term care facilities from COVID-19

Ask the facility what precautions they have in place to protect your family members and loved ones from COVID-19.

DO NOT visit a long-term care facility if you are sick or not feeling well. Do not visit if you have tested positive in the last 10 days, or were exposed to someone who had symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.

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1) Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and get your flu shot. Get the COVID-19 booster shot if you have not already.
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2) DO NOT visit a long-term care facility if you are sick or not feeling well. Do not visit if you have tested positive in the last 10 days, or were exposed to someone who had symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Consider alternatives to in-person visits such as email, text, phone or video-communication.

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3) Consider getting tested for COVID-19 before you visit a long-term care facility. For testing locations, click here.

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4) Wear a well-fitting face mask in the facility to protect residents from getting sick. Residents of long-term care facilities may have weakened immune systems and are at higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.

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5) If a family member or loved one gets infected with COVID-19, ask the facility about COVID-19 treatments. COVID-19 treatments may reduce the risk of your loved one needing to be hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
  1. Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and get your flu shot. Get the COVID-19 booster shot if you have not already.
  2. DO NOT visit a long-term care facility if you are sick or not feeling well. Do not visit if you have tested positive in the last 10 days, or were exposed to someone who had symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  3. Consider getting tested for COVID-19 before you visit a long-term care facility. For testing locations, click here.
  4. Wear a well-fitting face mask in the facility to protect residents from getting sick. Residents of long-term care facilities may have weakened immune systems and are at higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
  5. If a family member or loved one gets infected with COVID-19, ask the facility about COVID-19 treatments. COVID-19 treatments may reduce the risk of your loved one needing to be hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
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We are protecting residents and healthcare workers through COVID-19 vaccination.

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How does the Utah Department of Health support long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) team works with long-term care facilities to provide infection prevention and control expertise and guidance. The HAI team provides assistance to long-term care facilities during an outbreak including, assisting with testing resources, staff management, COVID-19 treatment coordination, vaccine administration and best practices.


“I put out an intent to vaccinate last week and people were pretty freaked out by it. But it gave them time to think about it. I rolled out actual consent yesterday and everyone has consented so far!!!! We’ve been pumping it up in our community. I put up flyers with pictures of our staff in full PPE and  #getvaccinated. We have a q/a zoom for staff with our medical director this afternoon.”

-The Auberge at Aspen Park


Vaccine information

If you, or a family member, live in a long-term care facility, talk to the facility or your employer to find out how to get vaccinated.
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COVID-19 guidance for long-term care facilities

COVID-19 guidance for long-term care facilities, including:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities
  • Nursing and skilled nursing facilities

If you have a positive resident or staff case please email hai@utah.gov.

CDC guidance for COVID-19 has recently updated. We are in the process of updating our guidance documents to align with these changes. Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html for the most up to date information.


Infection prevention and control

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Comagine education resources

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Infection prevention and control for homecare and hospice

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Project Firstline

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Preparing to Care for Residents with COVID-19

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COVID-19 Recommendations Based on Vaccination Status and Community Transmission Level Chart

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Caring for Long-term Care Residents on CPAP/BiPaP During a COVID-19 Outbreak

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Recommendations

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Outbreak checklist

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Personal protective equipment (PPE)

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements for Long-Term Care Facility Staff

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Cleaning and disinfecting resources

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EPA-approved cleaning and disinfectants against COVID-19

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Testing

Results reported to NHSN are sent to DHHS.
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Antigen testing in long-term care facilities

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COVID-19 nursing home testing data (CMS link)

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CDC COVID Data Tracker

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Interpreting Antigen Test Results in Long-Term Care Facilities

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Outbreak Response in Long-Term Care

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Lab Web Portal

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Lab Web Portal User Manual

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Submitting an Individual Order Request

Submitting a Batch Order Request

Tracking and Viewing Test Results

 
 

Recommendations for how to manage staff during COVID

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Managing healthcare workers during COVID-19 shortages

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Return to work criteria for healthcare personnel

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Visitation

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COVID-19 Guidance for visitors and leaves of absence

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Guidance for therapy animals in Long-term care facilities

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COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments

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CDC Vaccine Considerations

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