COVID-19 Infection Control and Testing Resources

  • 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result from the CDC v1 (Released 8/14/20)
    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, take these 3 key steps NOW while waiting for your test results
  • 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result from the CDC - Spanish v1 (Released 8/14/20)
    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, take these 3 key steps NOW while waiting for your test results (Spanish version)
  • 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene (Posted 3/2/21)
    The World Health Organization has put together a helpful infographic to remind Health Care Workers when they should practice hand hygiene.
  • 6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use (Posted 3/4/21)
    6 Step infographic from the EPA on safe disinfectant use.
  • 9 Steps to End COVID-19 and Prevent the Next Pandemic: Essential Outcomes From the World Health Assembly (Posted 11/3/21)
    About a year ago, theWorld Health Assembly (WHA) met virtually for the first time since the creation of theWorld Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Last year’s WHA adopted a resolution asking states to intensify action to fight COVID-19. Yet a year on, there have been 3.7 million deaths reported, with the real number estimated as more than 7 million. From May 24-31, 2021, the 74th WHA (WHA74) was again held virtually amidst this historic pandemic. The WHA created a member states working group on strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies to make recommendations to next year’s WHA.1 Here are 9 steps to end this pandemic and prevent the next one.
  • Admitting a Resident with COVID-19 v1 (Released 4/10/20)
    If you are accepting the admission of a resident with suspected or positive COVID, consider the tips outlined here.
  • Admitting a Resident with COVID-19 - Spanish v1 (Released 4/15/20)
    If you are accepting the admission of a resident with suspected or positive COVID, consider the tips outlined here. (Spanish version)
  • Admitting Residents from a Hospital Setting v1 (Released 4/16/20)
    Things to consider when admitting residents from a hospital setting during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Admitting Residents from a Hospital Setting - Spanish v1 (Released 4/16/20)
    Things to consider when admitting residents from a hospital setting during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Spanish version)
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures CDC Guidance (Released 1/27/21)
    Examples of commonly performed medical procedures that are considered aerosol-generating and are more likely to generate higher concentrations of infectious respiratory aerosols.
  • Aerosol-Generating Policy & Procedure During COVID-19 v2 (Revised 7/16/20)
    The COVID-19 virus is transmitted by respiratory droplets, so aerosol-generating procedures can be associated with a high risk of transmission. This is a policy you can use for residents with chronic conditions requiring aerosol-generating procedures
  • Aerosol-Generating Policy & Procedure During COVID-19- Spanish v2 (Revised 7/16/20)
    The COVID-19 virus is transmitted by respiratory droplets, so aerosol-generating procedures can be associated with a high risk of transmission. This is a policy you can use for residents with chronic conditions requiring aerosol-generating procedures (Spanish version)
  • AHRQ Competency Check vs. Observational Audit (Posted 4/21/21)
    This document explains the difference between the competency check you complete to meet education and regulatory compliance for your nursing home and the observational audits that you complete as part of the ongoing Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) process.
  • AHRQ Hand Hygiene Audit User Guide (Posted 6/11/21)
    This user guide provides step-by-step instructions for nursing home staff to use the Hand Hygiene Observational Audit Data Tracking Tool. The tracking tool enables nursing home staff to efficiently collect, record, analyze, review, and act on observational audit data to improve compliance with the steps in the hand hygiene process.
  • AHRQ Hand Hygiene Observational Audit Tool (Posted 6/11/21)
    The tracking tool enables nursing home staff to efficiently collect, record, analyze, review, and act on observational audit data to improve compliance with the steps in the hand hygiene process.
  • Airborne Precautions Sign v1
    Sign displaying CDC-recommended airborne precautions everyone must take.
  • Airborne Precautions Sign Spanish v1
    Sign displaying CDC-recommended airborne precautions everyone must take (Spanish version).
  • Algorithm - Considerations for Interpreting Antigen Test Results from the CDC (Released 9/22/20)
    The CDC has released an algorithm to assist in interpreting antigen test results in nursing homes.
  • Antigen Testing CDC v1 (Posted 2/4/21)
    This document pertains to antigen tests that have been granted a U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization (FDA EUA) to detect SARS-CoV-2.
  • Biden Actions to Expand and Improve COVID-19 Testing (Released 3/17/2021)
    A fact sheet released from the White House Briefing Room summarizing a series of new actions to expand COVID-19 testing, improve the availability of tests, and better prepare for the threat of variants announced by President Biden on February 17, 2021.
  • Care efficiency Minimizing Interactions v1 (Released 6/25/20)
    The following recommendations are to minimize contact between staff and residents to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Resident procedures and monitoring will be evaluated individually with the physician to avoid any unnecessary contact.
  • Care efficiency Minimizing Interactions - Spanish v1 (Released 6/25/20)
    The following recommendations are to minimize contact between staff and residents to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Resident procedures and monitoring will be evaluated individually with the physician to avoid any unnecessary contact. (Spanish version)
  • CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Report dated 12/3/20
    This report contains: Data describing U.S. outpatient antibiotic prescribing rates and implementation of hospital antibiotic stewardship programs by state, including considerations for antibiotic stewardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHSN Antimicrobial Use Option updates, and success stories, recently published literature highlighting progress made and opportunities for improvement in improving antibiotic stewardship in outpatient and emergency department settings, new and updated resources for health departments, facilities, and healthcare professionals to implement antibiotic stewardship, and examples of key partner contributions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices across the United States and internationally.
  • CDC Break Through Infections (Posted on 07/02/2021)
    COVID-19 vaccines are a critical tool for controlling the ongoing global pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations for three COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States.
  • CDC Case Investigator's Interview Tool Talking with People about COVID-19 (Posted 10/14/21)
    A successful case interview allows for the collection of critical information about a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and exposed contacts, while providing support, referrals, and answers to questions the person may have. The goals of the case interview are to assess the person’s medical condition, gather information for continued monitoring and support, and obtain the names and locating information of people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 (close contacts).