Long-term and residential care facilities

Last updated January 20, 2021.







Public health order

Public health and executive orders page for Public Health order 20-20 and others.
This order requires all Colorado licensed or certified skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and assisted living residences to take a number of steps to help prevent and control outbreaks. Please read the public health order carefully. It requires:

  • A severe limit on visitors.
  • An at-the-door symptom check for all employees, vendors, and visitors before entering the facility. 
  • All facilities to submit a COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan to CDPHE by May 1, 2020. 
  • People who have COVID-19 symptoms or positive tests to be isolated.
  • Ensuring all residents have access to necessary medical care.
  • Facility residents and employees to wear a mask or other face-covering when in public. Employees must wear an appropriate mask at all times when in the facility.

Guidance for Residential Care Facilities

CDC Guidance

CMS Guidance 

CDPHE Guidance and Resources:

Setting Specific Guidance
Personal Protective Equipment
Cohorting Recommendations
COVID-19 Testing in Residential Care Settings:

Upon notification of a single positive COVID-19 case among residents or staff, the facility must initiate outbreak testing of all residents and staff, regardless of the presence or absence of COVID-19 related symptoms.

Testing Resources
COVID-19 Vaccination

CDPHE Forms and Checklists

Prevention Checklists

Residential Care Strike Team

CDPHE Visitation Guidance
Need assistance?
  • CDPHE hosts a bi-weekly virtual technical support meeting.  If you would like to sign up to receive occasional infection prevention updates and information to join the technical support meeting please sign up to receive those notifications here: http://eepurl.com/dKuwjQ
  • CDPHE call center is available to answer calls from facilities from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 303-692-2700 or email cdphe_covid_outbreak@state.co.us After hours, call 303-370-9395.
  • Find your local public health agency