COVID-19 Notification Process for Health Facilities

Date: 
03/30/2020
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COVID-19 Notification Process for Health Facilities

 

STEP ONE

A: When a health facility becomes aware of an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Send the affected staff person home;
  • Have all personnel who have had contact with the affected staff person wear masks for 14 days following the notification; 
  • Call the Iowa Department of Public Health at 1.800.362.2736 for further instructions; and
  • Notify the local health department. Follow the guidance of your local and state health departments, specific to your facility's circumstances.

B: When a health facility becomes aware of a resident, patient, or tenant who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Quarantine the affected resident/patient/tenant in their room or apartment;
  • If the affected resident/patient/tenant has a roommate, quarantine that person as well;
  • Have all personnel who have had contact with the affected resident/patient/tenant wear masks for 14 days following the notification; 
  • Call the Iowa Department of Public Health at 1.800.362.2736 for further instructions; and
  • Notify the local health department. Follow the guidance of your local and state health departments, specific to your facility's circumstances.
 

STEP TWO

Upon a health facility receiving notification of a positive case of COVID-19 for a resident, patient, tenant, or staff person, contact the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals at hfd_complaint@dia.iowa.gov or 1.877.686.0027 and provide:

  • Name of the affected facility;
  • Whether the affected person is a staff member, resident, patient, or tenant;
  • The immediate containment actions taken; and
  • The name and cell phone number of a contact person at the facility. 

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