As part of the COVID-19 mitigation plans described in AFL 20-52 required for all skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), individual facilities are responsible for fulfilling the testing recommendations outlined in AFL 20-53, in addition to other infection control strategies described in the mitigation plan template. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide local SNFs with technical guidance and best practice recommendations to fulfill the State recommendations related to establishing a plan for baseline, surveillance, and response-driven COVID-19 testing of SNF residents and staff.
Given these directives from the State, the County of Santa Cruz Public Health Division (Public Health) acknowledges the immense challenge SNFs staff face to meet the requirements. Public Health continues to be committed to finding solutions with SNFs to help meet obligations as directed by State licensing authorities.
Managing outbreaks is a partnership between County Public Health and SNFs.
County Public Health can support SNFs by:
Facilities are responsible for:
Specific to COVID-19 testing, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) expects SNFs to:
In addition to implementing testing strategies per AFL 20-53, facilities should also follow general preparedness guidance provided in AFL 20-25.2. Given the above responsibilities and expectations, County Public Health staff hopes this testing toolkit provides helpful technical assistance to establish testing plans at local SNFs.