COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and multiple U.S. territories, and many of these areas have wide-spread community transmission. Because of the high risk of spread once COVID-19 enters a long-term care facility, fast action is needed to protect residents, families, and staff from serious illness, complications, and death.
CDC has launched a Long-Term Care Frontline Staff Training Webinar Series for staff who care for vulnerable residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These five short webinars review basic infection prevention steps essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Sparkling Surfaces (7 min) - https://bit.ly/2yulKj2
- Keep long-term care and nursing home residents healthy by knowing how and when to clean and disinfect environmental and equipment surfaces.
- Clean Hands (7 min) - https://bit.ly/35JzNgH
- Keep long-term care and nursing home residents healthy by knowing how and when to perform hand hygiene as part of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Closely Monitor Residents (7 min) - https://bit.ly/3bhodKI
- Learn the importance of recognizing new or worsening infections quickly in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The earlier sick residents can be identified, the faster COVID-19 can be prevented from spreading throughout the facility.
- Keep COVID-19 Out! (6 min) - https://bit.ly/2SLKzhe
- Learn what staff, vendors, and consultants should do to protect residents and keep COVID-19 out of the facility. Understand the importance of wearing facemasks and cloth face coverings appropriately.
- PPE Lessons (12 min) - https://bit.ly/2zn9yjQ
- Learn what personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used in long-term care facilities and nursing homes as well as when and how to use PPE correctly to help protect yourself and residents from COVID-19.
Access the complete series on the COVID-19 Long-term Care webpage:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/long-term-care.html