COVID-19 Recommendations: Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities

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DHS Revises Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities

On March 20, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) revised important recommendations to all long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Wisconsin. 

Older and medically vulnerable adults have significantly increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, necessitating that we take all reasonable efforts to prevent introduction of this infectious disease into residential care facilities.

These recommendations apply to facilities caring for patients who are elderly and/or have chronic medical conditions placing them at high risk of severe complications of COVID-19. This guidance will be evaluated and updated 30 days from issuance.

To protect the most vulnerable Wisconsin residents from serious harm, DHS recommends following the actions detailed in the memo released today.