Important Updates

TX HHS: Updated COVID-19 Response Plan for Nursing Facilities

HHSC: Screening for COVID-19 and Documentation of Screening

CMS Newsroom (press releases about CMS updates)

(CMS) COVID-19 NHSN Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes

Health Authorities Guidance


Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes

Texas HHS:

COVID-19 Response for Nursing Facilities  (PDF)

COVID-19 Response for Assisted Living Facilities (PDF)

COVID-19 Response for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions  (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID (PDF)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Provider Information

Helping Residents with Dementia Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in LTC Communities

Texas DSHS:

COVID-19 Information for Hospitals & Healthcare Professionals


Long Term Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities): CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 5/15/20 (PDF)

Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials 5/18/20 (PDF)


COVID-19 page

Guidance for Congregate Settings Including Group Homes

CDC: Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities

NYC Health Department: COVID-19: Guidance for Congregate Settings 4/8/20 (PDF)

Maryland Department of Health: Interim Guidance on Procedures to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 In Small Group Home or Congregate Facility Settings (PDF)


CDC: Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

CDC: Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) 

CDC: COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings (PDF)

DSHS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Line List Template

DSHS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Staff Symptom Monitoring Log

Infection Prevention and Control

CDC: Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC: Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19

Webinar: Infection Control and COVID-19 in LTC

EPA-Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19

How to Wash Hands, Apply Hand Sanitizer - Lesley E. Covington (video)

6-Step Hand Washing Technique: Soap and Water (video)

Outbreak Response

CDC: Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC: Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure to COVID-19

CDC: Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance)

CDC: Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

CDC: Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment

DSHS Strategies for Optimizing Supply of PPE (PDF, V.2.0, updated 4/07/2020)

CDC: Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

DSHS Information on PPE 3/22/20 (PDF)

HHS: COVID-19: Q&A Regarding Facemasks and Respirators (PDF)

CMS Guidance for use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel (PDF)

What is an N95 respirator? (video by 3M)

OSHA Repiratory Protection Taining Videos (English and Spanish versions)

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19


CDC: Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes

CDC: Performing Facility-wide SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Nursing Homes

TX HHS: Nursing Facility (NF) Testing FAQs #2

Tracking Maps

Texas Case Counts

COVID-19 United States Cases by County, Johns Hopkins University

COVID-19 Dashboard (Global), Johns Hopkins University

Travis County COVID-19 Public Dashboard

Harris County/Houston COVID-19 Cases

Irving/Dallas County Community Impact Dashboard

San Antonio/Bexar County COVID-19 Surveillance

Williamson County COVID-19 Dashboard

Other Topics

CDC: Webinar Series - COVID-19 Prevention Messages for Long Term Care Staff

Webinar: COVID-19 in Black America  (CEASLTC)

Webinar: Hearing Loss, Communication and Mental Health  (CEASLTC)

Webinar: Infection Control and COVID-19 in LTC  (CEASLTC)

Reframing the Crisis: How Caregivers Can Manage Mental Health During COVID-19

Optimizing Medication Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implementation Guide for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (University of Maryland School of Pharmacy)

Webinar: COVID-19: Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities (Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities)

CMS Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit