Long-term Care: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Long-term Care: COVID-19

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Guidance and resources for long-term care (LTC) facilities.

Minnesota's Five-Point Battle Plan to Protect our Most Vulnerable (PDF)
  1. Expand testing for residents and workers in long-term care facilities.
  2. Provide testing support and troubleshooting to clear barriers faster.
  3. Get personal protective equipment to facilities when needed.
  4. Ensure adequate staffing levels for even the hardest-hit facilities.
  5. Leverage our partnerships to better apply their skills and talents.
Long-term Care COVID-19 Response Update (PDF)

If a resident passes away in your facility, MDH recommends testing for COVID-19 if there are any confirmed cases in your facility or if the cause of death is not clearly due to causes besides COVID-19. A nasal pharyngeal swab needs to be collected from the deceased individual for testing prior to sending the body to the funeral home or medical examiner's office. The specimen can be sent to MDH for COVID-19 testing free of charge. Please see Evaluating and Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for appropriate forms and submission guidance and call MDH (1-877-676-5414) to report the death and suspicion of COVID-19.

Visitors and outside services

Other resources

See Infection Prevention and Control: COVID-19 for guidance on responding to and monitoring exposures, optimizing PPE, and more.

Thank you for your continued partnership. For health care questions, please contact the MDH provider hotline at 651-201-5414.

Updated Friday, 04-Sep-2020 13:09:30 CDT