Environmental Service Policy Considerations to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care
August 13, 2020 | Aging Services Risk Management
This document can be used to develop an environmental service (EVS) policy to help contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease—a disease that has the potential to pose a significant public health threat to the residents and staff of a long-term care facility. Employers should remain alert regarding changing outbreak conditions within their local area, maintain open communication with local and state public health departments, assess personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 diagnostic testing availability, and implement transmission-based infection prevention measures accordingly.
This guidance will discuss disinfection practices and PPE requirements in long-term care, utilizing a red/yellow/green zone cohorting strategy based on infection exposure risks. To demonstrate a cohorting plan, an example is provided below whereby a red zone represents a COVID-19-positive and/or symptomatic unit; a yellow zone represents an isolation unit; and a green zone represents a unit for people who have not yet been tested but who are thought to be unexposed, who have tested negative, or who have been ill with COVID-19 and have recovered completely. Routine environmental service activities should always follow standard precautions. ...