This toolkit builds upon the general guidance provided in the Infection Prevention and Control Requirements for COVID-19 in Long-term Care.

Prevention and outbreak management resources to support your site's response to COVID-19.

The BC-CDC Interim Guidance document is the provincial standard for prevention and outbreak measures related to COVID-19. Additional resources, tools and enhanced measures can be accessed below in the LTC/AL COVID Resource Toolkit.

Chapter 1

The purpose of the toolkit is to provide facilities and Fraser Health personnel working in Long Term Care (LTC), Assisted Living (AL) and seniors Independent Living (IL) facilities with a common framework to guide response to outbreaks of COVID-19, facilities with high risk population groups, and to limit transmission to clients and staff within the facility. Guidance in this toolkit is based on the expectation that all facilities have implemented all foundational elements of COVID-19 prevention measures applicable to their facility as described in Prevention Assessment Tool for LTC, AL & IL.

The guidance is meant to provide a set of interventions for COVID-19 outbreaks that builds upon existing approaches to Fraser Health respiratory outbreak protocols, available evidence on COVID-19, and current regional experience with COVID-19 control in this setting. The guidance is not prescriptive, and should be applied in the context of a specific outbreak scenario as directed by Public Health and/or the Medical Health Officer and/or Fraser Health designated Outbreak Response Lead.

The guidance in the toolkit is based on the latest available scientific evidence about this disease, and may change as new information becomes available. The Public Health Agency of Canada will be posting regular updates and related documents at https://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/. The British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has a healthcare professional’s page with resources including posters, pamphlets and other information for health care facilities in BC regarding COVID-19. BC-CDC’s Infection Prevention and Control Requirements for COVID-19 in Long Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living.

Medical Health Officer (MHO) Orders
MHO orders can be found here: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/keeping-our-community-safe/mho#.YJReCLqotPY
Guidance and general updates from the MHO can be found here: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/employees/medical-health-officer-updates#.XrGI48uou8w

Key Contacts
This document is updated frequently with the most current direction, guidance and resources regarding COVID-19. Additional resources and FAQs can be found at https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus#.Xo-SDbqotPZ.

If your specific questions are not covered in the toolkit or the additional resources and FAQ page, questions and comments related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be submitted via the Online Form at www.fraserhealth.ca/ltc-al-questions.  Questions will be monitored from Monday to Friday from 0800 - 1600.

*Note if your site is actively managing a COVID-19 outbreak or on enhanced monitoring, please contact your Outbreak Response Lead or Public Health case investigator with any questions.

KEY CONTACT TO NOTIFY of 1+ Suspected (swabbed) and/or confirmed Cases:  
Public Health Hotline:  Phone 778-368-0123 |     Fax 604.587.4418
For suspected and/or confirmed cases, please complete the appropriate Public Health Tool 27: Resident Illness Report and Tracking Form or Public Health Tool 28: Staff Illness Report and Tracking Form and send to Public Health using the Cerberus file sharing service.