Guidance for Nursing Home Residents with Acute Respiratory Illness Symptoms Amidst COVID and Flu Viruses

COVID-19; Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

The CDC has updated the guidance on the CDC Flu Web page to reflect new guidance on placement and testing. Highlights include: 

  1. Residents with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus co-infection should be placed in a single room or housed with other co-infected residents.  
  2. A negative antigen in symptomatic persons must be confirmed by either a negative result from NAAT or a second negative antigen test collected 48 hours after the first negative test. 

All of the updates are available to view on the CDC website​

The testing guidance can be adapted for use in Assisted Living communities. ​