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

EVUSHELD ACCESS PROGRAM

The Virginia Department of Health developed the EVUSHELD Access Program to support Skilled Nursing Facilities with COVID-19 infection prevention by increasing access to EVUSHELD, a monoclonal antibody for COVID-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis. The program provides access to EVUSHELD via a mobile unit and VDH staff are available to support interested facilities in coordinating a site-visit. The program is free of charge for facilities and eligible nursing home patients and staff.

Learn more about the EVUSHELD Access Program

EVUSHELD Access Program FAQs for Skilled Nursing Facilities


Upcoming Webinars


Hear from Theresa Rowe, DO, MS, Long-Term Care Unit Lead for the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting for long-term care facilities. This free webinar series is presented by the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center. CE credit offered. Register for the webinar or visit the VIPTC website to learn more.

Long-term Care Facilities should follow updated CMS guidance for visitation, COVID-19 testing,

and CDC COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control recommendations


 

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

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