Nursing homes and congregate care facilities

Last updated September 15, 2020.

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  • The worksite must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.


  • Restrict visitation of non-essential individuals

    • Facilities shall post signage clearly summarizing the essential individual visitor policy, such as vendors providing necessary supplies or services for the facility or residents, and individuals necessary for the physical and/or mental well-being of the residents

  • All facilities must develop an appropriate isolation plan and file w/ CDPHE no later than May 1, 2020

  • Frequently disinfect all high-touch areas (Additional Guidance)

  • Install touchless hand sanitizing stations at entrances and in high-traffic areas.


  • All employees, contractors,  and essential individuals entering the premises must complete health screening prior to entering facility (Additional Guidance)

  • Require frequent handwashing upon arrival, departure, and throughout shifts.

  • Screening documentation must be maintained until further notice and made available upon request to CDPHE. After screening, if an essential visitor is allowed into the facility, they must: 

    • Limit their movement within the facility to the resident’s room

    • Limit surfaces touched

    • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) – gown, gloves and mask

    • Limit physical contact with resident

  • Only be two essential visitors per resident at a given time.

To protect residents

  • Limited communal dining and group activities

  • Active health screen for all residents 

  • When visitation is necessary or allowable (e.g., in end-of-life scenarios), facilities should make efforts to allow for safe visitation for residents

  • No congregating 

This guidance is for:
  • Long-term care facilities

  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Nursing facilities

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Intermediate care facilities 

  • Group homes

  • Independent living facilities 

Additional resources and guidelines: