COVID-19 Cases Rise – Guidance for LTC Providers

December 20, 2021

COVID-19 cases are increasing across Texas. HHSC reminds providers to follow the guidelines listed below and ensure their emergency plan is up-to-date. Staff must be aware of what to do in the event of any sort of emergency, including an outbreak of flu or COVID-19.

Please review the following guidelines and rules:

  • COVID-19 mitigation and visitation rules
  • Any applicable COVID-19 response plans for your provider type
  • Your provider’s own infection prevention and control policies

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Your vigilance following infection control requirements can make a difference in protecting vulnerable Texans.

LTC providers are always required to provide services to residents or clients before, during and after an emergency. The emergency plan or policy must include:

  • Planning for staff shortages.
  • A back-up plan to ensure operations and care of resident or clients continue.

Read program specific rules related to staffing, emergency preparedness and infection control.

A checklist (PDF)is available to assist you with creating a plan for dealing with an outbreak of flu or COVID-19.