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SIDEBAR: Orange County, NC Interdisciplinary “Strike Team” Supports High-Risk Congregate Living Facilities in COVID-19 Response

Pease, R. C., Keen, S. K., Coleman, C. G., Pettigrew, E. M., Porterfield, D. S.

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Case Study

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

Infrastructure Support

This article describes how one county’s health department partnered with emergency services to form a strike team focused on mitigating COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate living facilities. The team helped create more cohesive communication between these facilities and between facilities and the health department. This strike team identified these facilities through partnerships with community organizations. The strike team conducted wellness checks, provided PPE education, and helped facilities secure PPE. In facilities with potential outbreaks, the team provided early testing and quick isolation.

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Outcomes of Interest

Partnership Building

Priority Population(s)

People Living in Congregate Housing

Setting(s) of Implementation

Long-term Care Facility

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