General Background and Information
Prudent providers across all healthcare settings continue to review state guidance and operational plans for infection control and best practices for care, food, power, medication and additional needs of residents and staff. As the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) further develops, we can expect additional federal and state guidance.
COVID-19 spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with the coronavirus, but it is not thought to be the main way that the virus spreads.
As with the flu, older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease and diabetes seem to be at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Across all settings, older people, those with underlying conditions, and their families should remain vigilant in following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
regarding social distancing and hand wishing.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Visitors, staff members, volunteers, and vendors who are experiencing these symptoms should not go to skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living campuses, or hospitals.