Q: What is being done to protect long-term care (LTC) residents from COVID-19?
A: Administrators have been instructed to restrict visits, cancel group activities, close dining rooms, and screen residents and staff for fevers and respiratory diseases.
Q: Are LTC residents and staff required to be tested for COVID-19?
A: Yes. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires every skilled and intermediate LTC facility to test all residents and staff for COVID-19 (starting May 28, 2020). Each facility must collect specimens and arrange for laboratory testing. The number of residents and staff tested, and the number of positive, negative, and indeterminate test results are to be reported to public health officials.