Oregon has been working collaboratively with licensed long-term care providers (care facilities) to be prepared before COVID-19 became a crisis in Oregon. Both the State of Oregon and our providers want to do everything possible to protect care facility residents and staff from the virus. If someone in a facility gets the virus, we are ready with even greater protections for residents, staff and people who may want to become new residents of that facility.
We’re in regular contact with operators of state licensed long-term care facilities. With the spread of COVID-19 to the U.S., those discussions included emergency planning and infection control preparations.
We also made several policy updates focused on prevention and infection control related to COVID-19 since February, including:
February 29: Visitation restrictions initiated for nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities. March 9: Fully launched statewide, in-person review of infection control procedures and emergency plans for pandemic at more than 670 facilities. > Press Release
March 10: Policy update included a new prevention protocol in which all long-term care facilities are required to report if a resident or staff member has COVID-19. In the event that a facility reports a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, it must adopt more stringent infection control requirements under an executive order. These controls include a restriction on admission and a requirement to log their screening activity for all visitors. This practice ensures that state licensed facilities will have proactively taken appropriate infection control measures in the unfortunate event they do have an incident of COVID-19. The executive order is lifted with documentation that a suspected case or cases is negative.
March 17: Announced that long-term care visitation limits and restrictions increased as part of a broader policy update. These limits and restrictions were applied to all long-term care settings including adult foster homes. > Press Release > Updated Policy on Visitor Restrictions in Care Facilities April 11: The Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority launched a multi-agency support team to assess the needs of long-term care facilities experiencing increased COVID-19 cases and help them access resources to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to residents and staff.
All long-term care facilities in Oregon are limiting visitors and taking extra steps to prevent illness. We want to be sure you have the information you need as we’re all in this together. We thank everyone who is working to prevent illness and keeping the public informed. Facilities with a staff member or resident with a reported or suspected case of COVID-19 case will post this Restriction of Admission sign at their entrance and exits. If you have questions about visitor and admission limits, please call the facility directly.
If a care facility’s resident or staff member believes they could have COVID-19 and are waiting for test results, they will practice the same restrictions as those who are caring for a resident with the virus. The lists below identify those facilities reporting that they have either a staff member or resident with COVID-19 or a pending test.
Nursing, residential care and assisted living facilities reporting that they have a staff member or resident with COVID-19 aren’t accepting new residents and have more limits on visitors. They are also taking extra precautions. We have provided lists below of these facilities so that you understand the restrictions they have in place. Facilities remain on these lists while a resident is recovering from the virus. In some cases, a resident who tested positive may no longer be at the facility. They could be at a hospital. The facility remains on the list until 14 days have passed without any residents showing symptoms of the virus. Staff members who contract the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 do not continue to work when ill.
The lists are updated twice weekly. In between updates, facilities could be removed from the lists. Please call the facility where you live, want to live or plan to visit, if you have questions.