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

Contact Information

If you have any additional input or suggestions pertaining to the task force, please contact Brenden Rivenbark at



Virginia LTC COVID-19 Data


COVID-19 PCR Test Positivity Rates by Locality in Virginia

PCR Positivity Rates Data

LTC Facilities Reporting Outbreaks of COVID-19

LTC Outbreak Data


Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

*All references to phase reopening in nursing homes have been retired

Primary Resources


For Families

The Task Force understands the critical impact social interactions and mental well-being have on all Virginians, especially those residing in long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program can assist in resolving concerns about the quality of life or care services provided in long-term care settings.

On September 18, 2020, CMS released CMS Visitation Guidance for Nursing Home

Holiday Considerations for Long-Term Care Facility Residents and their Families

Limited visitation in an assisted living community is based on the facility's specific circumstances and available resources.  Please refer to the Tips and Best Practices for Reopening to Visitors in Assisted Living Facilities provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services for additional guidance and considerations.

Below are some resources available to assist with coping with the stress of social isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Template Letters to Residents and Families – from VHCA and LeadingAge

VHCA - Confirmed Case in LTCF

Letter to Families (5/4/20)

LeadingAge – Positive Diagnosis

Letter to Residents and Families (5/4/20)

LeadingAge – Positive Diagnosis in Staff

Letter to Residents and Families (5/4/20)

LeadingAge – COVID-19 Death

Letter to Residents and Families (5/4/20)