This dashboard provides information on cases among residents and staff at LTCFs, which are a critical part of the
continuum of health care. LTCFs include skilled nursing, independent living, assisted living and board and care
facilities. Because LTCFs typically serve older individuals with chronic health conditions, residents of LTCFs are
at greater risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19. Given this, the Public Health Department pays very close
attention to these facilities with a specialized team focused on responding to LTCF cases and potential outbreaks.
Facilities may access testing through commercial labs or academic labs, as well as the Public Health lab. The Public
Health Department facilitates testing of all symptomatic residents and staff of skilled nursing facilities and other
licensed facilities. When there are concerns about a possible outbreak, transmission in a facility, or risk to
adequate staffing, the Public Health Department initiates an investigation into the facility, which may include
additional symptom screening and more extensive testing. When there is a positive case identified in a skilled
nursing facility in Santa Clara County, the Public Health Department identifies all individuals who may have come in
contact with the case and the duration, frequency, and proximity of that contact to identify possible exposure to
staff and residents. Guidance has been issued to all LTCFs facilities on COVID-19 control and prevention.
This dashboard is updated every Thursday.
Source: California Reportable Disease Information Exchange
Data Notes: Cases are reported by the earliest of either the symptoms onset date, date of specimen collection or lab
result date. These data may represent ongoing investigations and as such may change as additional information
is collected. Only LTCFs within Santa Clara County are listed. Residents and staff working at these facilities
and who are residents of Santa Clara County are included in these counts. Hospitalizations are only determined at
the time a case was reported to the Public Health Department and do not represent patients that are currently or
have ever been hospitalized. LTCF COVID-19 cases are identified when a COVID-19 case is investigated by a member of the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) team and found to be a resident or staff member of an LTCF. A COVID-19 case is only added to this dashboard once the CICT investigation is complete, this means that cases posted to this dashboard may have tested positive days or weeks before posting to this dashboard.
To download data related to the dashboard above, please visit: https://data.sccgov.org/browse?category=COVID-19
For commonly asked questions such as testing and patient transfer protocols specific to LTCFs, please see the following resources:
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