Focus: Infection Control

Long-term care facilities opening dedicated COVID-19 units

May 15, 2020

Three nursing homes in the Washington State’s Puget Sound region are opening COVID-19 units to care for residents recovering from the coronavirus and to prevent its spread to other longterm care facility residents, according to an article on the Bellevue Reporter website.

A total of 135 beds will be available according to a state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) news release. 

The COVID-only wings will be cordoned off from the rest of the facilities and have their own entrances and dedicated staff. COVID-positive residents will be moved there after discharging from the hospital or transferring from another long-term care facility.

Once a resident has recovered and has two negative COVID-19 tests over a period of at least two weeks, they will return to their original long-term care facility or other residential setting of their choice.

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