Virginia COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force

In response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Virginia's long-term care facilities, Governor Northam established the Virginia COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force on April 10 to:

  1. Ensure long-term care facilities have the resources they need to combat the virus;
  2. Strengthen staffing, testing and infection control measures at long-term care facilities; and
  3. Keep stakeholders informed about the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities.

Issue areas being reviewed by the Task Force include facility staffing and financing, infection control, personal protective equipment and supplies,  COVID-19 testing, communications, and discharge planning.

Membership of the task force is broad based, including:

  • State agency representatives
  • Long term care facility representatives
  • Medicaid managed care organizations
  • The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • Family members of long-term care facility residents and their advocates

Certain Celltrion DiaTrust COVID-19 Ag Rapid Tests by Celltrion USA: Class I Recall - Due to False Positive Test Results and Unauthorized Shelf Life - Celltrion USA is recalling specific lots of the DiaTrust COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test due to a high number of false positive reports. Additionally, the tests’ labeling for the affected products includes a shelf life of 18 months. However, the FDA’s emergency use authorization specifies these tests may only be used for 12 months.

For more information about this recall, refer to the announcement.

Upcoming Webinars


Regional Containment Webinar Series Led by CDC

Next Webinar Date: June 29th 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Healthcare Facility Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Register here for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

FREE CE AVAILABLE


A new comprehensive statewide Infection Prevention and Control
(IPC) training program through a partnership between VDSS and VCU Gerontology CCE is now available.

FREE registration available!

• Monthly IPC webinars with infection preventionists and subject matter experts on
topics specific to your role
• Weekly email updates with useful tools, infographics, videos, audio updates, and
quick tips to expand your IPC knowledge
• On site workshop packages and supervisor lunch-and-learns also available
• Opportunity to receive certificates of attendance and contact credits for ALL learning
modules
• Recognition for module completion!


 

 

Long-term care facilities should follow CDC guidance for healthcare workers with SARS-CoV-2 infection or exposure as updated January 21, 2022.

 

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LTCF Task Force Monthly Newsletter


 

Education & Training Resources

VDH HAI/AR Program Education & Training Resources

Check the VDH HAI/AR Program Education & Training Web Page for the latest infection prevention and control educational opportunities

VDH HAI/AR Program Education & Training

COVID-19 Vaccine Training Events

Check the VDH COVID-19 Vaccine Web Page for Healthcare Professionals for the latest vaccine-related training opportunities

Upcoming VDH COVID-19 Vaccine Training Events


 

Virginia LTC COVID-19 Data

 

LTC Facilities Reporting Outbreaks of COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant and the increase in cases and outbreaks across the state, the COVID-19 Outbreaks by Selected Exposure Settings dashboard was reinstated on August 25, 2021. The publicly posted data includes all outbreaks reported to VDH from long-term care facilities and other exposure settings since August 1, 2021 and will be updated weekly.

LTC Outbreak Data


 

Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities