CDC Provides Updates on Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations


This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated interim infection prevention and control recommendations to prevent COVID-19 spread in nursing homes. The updates include: 

  • ​Merging of two prior guidance documents: “Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes” and “Performing Facility-wide COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Homes.
  • Visitation and physical distancing measures. 
  • Health department notification criteria to be consistent with Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist guidance for reporting.

Additions to recommendations include: 

  • ​Information on importance of vaccinating resident and healthcare personnel (HCP) with appropriate links. 
  • Proper use and handling of personal protective equipment (PPE). 
  • Universal PPE use to align with the interim infection prevention and control guidance​ for HCP. 
  • A description of when it may be appropriate for a resident with a suspected COVID-19 infection to “shelter-in-place”. 
  • Considerations for situations when it might be appropriate to keep the room door open for a resident with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. 
  • Management of residents who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection, including a description of quarantine recommendations (resident placement, recommended PPE, and duration of quarantine). 
  • Addressing circumstances when quarantine is recommended for residents who leave the facility. 
  • Responding to newly identified COVID-19 infected resident or HCP. 
  • Addressing quarantine and work exclusion considerations for asymptomatic residents and HCP who are within 90 days of resolved infection.
​​Even as nursing homes resume normal practices and begin relaxing restrictions, nursing homes must sustain core IPC practices and remain vigilant for COVID-19 infection among residents and HCP in order to prevent spread and protect residents and staff​.​