Public Health Order 20-20, as amended on April 20th, required residential care facilities to submit a prevention and response plan to the department by May 1st. These plans required a description of infection control and isolation practices each facility had in place to address and slow the spread of COVID-19 among staff and residents.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division (HFEMSD) staff continue to review facility plans in response to the Public Health Order 20-20. HFEMSD’s initial review assesses the adequacy and responsiveness of each facility plan. Facility plans that were either incomplete or did not fully address the elements required in the plan review document are referred to the CDPHE Disease Control and Public Health Response (DCPHR) Division for follow up with technical assistance and/or additional guidance. The HFEMSD may also use information from these facility plans as part of an inspection related to infection control.
Each of the isolation plans available for viewing may not reflect the facility’s current approach to COVID-19 infection control practices, as facilities are expected to implement changes as new guidance and best practices continue to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic.