In Colorado, more than 50% of the COVID-19 related deaths have been among older adults and people with disabilities who resided in high-density, group-living settings, like nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and group homes. In order to reduce the spread of illness and the number of deaths in these settings, the state launched a Residential Care Strike Team in late April. The Residential Care Strike Team is composed of representatives of the Governor’s office and state agencies that play a role in regulating and supporting residential care facilities: The Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Human Services (DHS), Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), Department of Public Safety and Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The goal of the Residential Care Strike Team is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in all high-density environments serving older adults and people with disabilities. The Strike Team is working to achieve this goal through five key strategies:
Proactive and reactive monitoring and testing
Infection control enforcement and education
Providing personal protective equipment (PPE)
Ensuring separation and isolation of residents and workers with COVID-19
Helping stabilize staffing at facilities
In addition to these strategies, the Strike Team also formed Rapid Response Teams to support facilities when an outbreak occurs to:
support testing of residents and staff to inform infection control efforts
collaborate with local public health to provide guidance on isolation, infection control, and cohorting (housing positive residents separately from the general population)
provide support with staffing stabilization.
The Residential Care Strike Team is committed to helping residential care facilities provide safe care in the least restrictive way possible and recognizes that the mental health of residents is equally as important as their physical health.
Testing in Facilities (Updated 11/20/2020)
FAQs (Updated 10/15/2020)
Provider and Staff Resources
Health and Wellbeing Survey - designed for social services or activity staff.