The Covid-19 pandemic has hit skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) hard. According to state-level data, about 40% of Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are associated with long-term care facilities, and this figure is 50% or more in over twenty-five states. SNFs are particularly high risk for Covid-19 outbreaks due to the advanced age and comorbidities of their patient population, but that doesn’t mean facilities are powerless to slow the spread of the virus. Infection prevention is crucial, and must go beyond the typical protocols most SNFs had in place prior to the pandemic.
Consolidating material from infection control authorities and the expertise of SNF leaders on the front lines of Covid-19 response, this guide focuses on maintaining the integrity of cohorting arrangements and other key practices to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spread. While not intended to be a sole source of information, it highlights a wide range of best practices for infection control during the pandemic.