Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities Through Preemptive Testing of Residents and Staff Members — Fulton County, Georgia, March–May 2020

Telford, C. T., Onwubiko, U., Holland, D. P., Turner, K., Prieto, J., Smith, S., Yoon, J., Brown, W., Chamberlain, A., Gandhi, N., Williams, S., Khan, F., Shah, S.

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Case Study

Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article describes testing efforts in Georgia’s long-term care facilities and the impact that preventative routine screening had on COVID-19 cases among residents/staff. Facilities that had regular preventative testing rather than testing only after learning of a confirmed case had a lower initial prevalence of COVID-19 and fewer subsequent cases.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Living in Congregate Housing

Setting(s) of Implementation

Long-term Care Facility

Geographic Area of Implementation

Implementation Period