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Visitation Guidelines - Phase I Reopening

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COVID-19 Response for ALFs from HHSC - updated 6/15/2020

COVID-19 Response Plan for ALFs from the field - updated 6/16/2020

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


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Preparation Checklist for Assisted Living Communities

The Public Health Emergency site of the US Department of Health and Human Services has provided a Preparation Checklist for Healthcare Organizations, including Assisted Living Communities.

Get the checklist here!

HHSC Provider Information Page regarding COVID-19

Latest available information from HHSC

PSA for the Families of your Residents

The CDC and Health and Human Services have issued guidelines for Long Term Care facilities due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This virus is particularly deadly for the elderly in long term care facilities. They are recommending that we email families advising them to consider postponing or use alternate methods for visitation (eg., video conferencing) during the next several months. 

Get an editable copy of a
Family Notification Document here!

Visitor Questionnaire

Caring for and protecting your residents is your number one priority. Controlling your risk of infectious disease in your facility is paramount.

Get an editable copy of a
Facility Visitor Screening Questionnaire here!

Know the facts: 1

The Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 also known as COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China. It is classified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome that has since spread globally with confirmed cases in various states of the US. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care settings, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends similar strategies as are used to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses such as influenza (flu).

Current COVID-19 Cases in Texas


For up to date news on cases in the U.S. visit the CDC website below:


How it spreads: 2

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, such as when people are in close contact with one another (within a range of about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on or be breathed in by people nearby.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces

CDC states it may be possible to obtain COVID-19 virus from touching a surface or object contaminated by an infected person and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.


Symptoms of respiratory infections including COVID-19: 3

The following symptoms are associated with respiratory infections, including COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

People are thought to be most contagious when exhibiting active symptoms. It is possible the virus may spread prior to showing symptoms. Please note that symptoms may occur 2-14 days after exposure.

Be aware of recent travels to areas with confirmed cases and/or recent contact with an infected person.



Ready to print public awareness materials are available on the TxDSHS and CDC websites.


CDC example signs for use outside resident room doors for Contact Precautions, Droplet Precautions, and Airborne Precautions

Other Resources:

Texas Department of State Health Services - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)


Texas HHSC Emergency Preparedness Rules & Regulations for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=26&pt=1&ch=553&rl=44


COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist


CDC guidance on implementing recommended infection prevention practices: 
FREE online course - The Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training:


World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak:


Health Care Coalitions across the US for emergency disaster response:

Health Care Coalitions in Texas -- Find Your Contact Here

HPP Awardee: Texas Department of State Health Services, Keri Cain

Coalition Contact Person Email

Big Country Regional Advisory Council

Terry Stagg

Brazos Valley Regional Advisory Council

Christine Reeves

Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council

Dave Reimer

Central Texas Regional Advisory Council

Christine Reeves

Coastal Bend Regional Advisory Council

Hilary Watt

Concho Valley Regional Advisory Council

Danny Updike

Deep East Texas Regional Advisory Council

Lori Upton

East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Council

Lori Upton

Border Regional Advisory Council

Wanda Helgesen

Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council

Eric Epley

Heart Of Texas Regional Advisory Council

Curtis McDonald

Hospital Preparedness Council of North Texas

Terry Stagg

Seven Flags Regional Advisory Council

Dr. Waldo Lopez

Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Advisory Council

Esmeralda Guajardo

Trauma Service Area – B Regional Advisory Council

Derek Vaughan

Texas J Regional Advisory Council

Wanda Helgesen

North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council

Rick Antonisse

Northeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Russell Thrasher

Panhandle Regional Advisory Council

Derek Vaughan

Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council

Loretta Kuhn

Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Lori Upton

Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council

Eric Epley