Residential Care Strike Team

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.


Indoor & Outdoor Visitation Guidance
Holiday Visitation Guidance
Facility Education and Outreach
Testing in Facilities (Updated 11/20/2020)
Voting Resources
FAQs (Updated 10/15/2020)
COVID-19 Response Webinars


Provider and Staff Resources 

COVID-19 Testing for Residential Care Workers

Managing Staffing Shortages Caused By COVID-19

Managing Staffing Shortages Resource Packet

Paid Leave, Whistleblower, & Personal Protective Equipment Poster

Employee Wellness During COVID-19 Poster

Supporting Your Staff Poster

Connect to Care Jobs Flyer

Health and Wellbeing Survey - designed for social services or activity staff.


Other Resources


CDPHE COVID-19 Long Term Care Facilities Page

CDPHE Health Facilities Page

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing COVID Response

Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness for Long Term Care