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CORHA/CSTE Proposed Investigation/Reporting Thresholds and Outbreak Definition for COVID-19 in Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities (LCTFs) and Long-Term Care Acute Hospitals

The thresholds and outbreak definition presented in this document are based on available scientific resources and expert opinion and intended only as guidance, reflecting the local epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19); for example, states and localities may have their own outbreak definitions and reporting requirements. The information provided in this document does not replace reporting of COVID-19 as part of state and local COVID-19 surveillance or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for Nursing Homes to report to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Suggested thresholds are intended to expedite facilities’ investigation of COVID-19 cases and reporting to public health authorities, thus ensuring early detection of possible outbreaks and timely intervention to prevent the virus’ spread. Detailed guidance for investigation of COVID-19 cases is available from Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare facilities should consult public health authorities if they have questions.

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CORHA/CSTE Proposed Investigation/Reporting Thresholds and Outbreak Definition for COVID-19 in Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities (LCTFs) and Long-Term Care Acute Hospitals (PDF)

Source: CORHA, CSTE
Author: CORHA, CSTE
Date Posted: July 2020