Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

A Health System Response to COVID-19 in Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Care: A Three-Phase Approach

Kim, G., Wang, M., Pan, H., H Davidson, G., Roxby, A. C., Neukirch, J., Lei, D., Hawken-Dennis, E., Simpson, L., D Ong, T. 

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Summary Report/Recommendations

Organizational Change/ Development
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This practice describes a Three-Phase Approach to mitigating COVID-19 in long-term and post-acute care nursing facilities in the Seattle, WA area. The authors outline a structure for addressing the pandemic based on disease surveillance measures, with different focus areas within each phase. Measures include:

(1) Initial: Communication, tracking, PPE preparation
(2) Delayed: Education, testing, isolation
(3) Surge: Activation of a “drop team”” of health care professionals during an outbreak

Resource Details

Outcomes of Interest

Improve Organizational Infrastructure

Priority Population(s)

Adults Aged 65 and Older, People Living in Congregate Housing

Setting(s) of Implementation

Clinical, Long-term Care Facility

Geographic Area of Implementation

Implementation Period