Nursing Homes & Extended Care Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

Cases & Deaths in Extended Care Facilities

DHEC prioritizes the identification of COVID-19 infections in nursing homes and assisted living facilities because the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 is common in these types of facilities, and the residents who live there are at high risk for developing complications or death from COVID-19 infection.


To better inform the public about the scope of COVID-19 within these types of facilities, DHEC is providing a twice weekly update on the facilities in the state that have a confirmed case or death from COVID-19. The dashboard below includes two lists: a cumulative list and a last 30 days list which is a more accurate reflection of the current COVID-19 burden in these types of facilities.


DHEC is continuing its partnership with nursing home facilities across the state to help them implement infection control practices that protect their residents and those who care for them during this pandemic.

Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Visitation

On March 19, 2021, DHEC provided updated visitation guidelines for nursing homes and community residential care facilities (assisted living facilities). These newly updated visitation guidelines follow federal guidance released on March 10. 

Click here for the most current Recent Disease Activity by County report, which is updated on Thursdays.

If a facility has questions about how to complete the reporting form, a training video is provided here.

Remember:

  • The facilities listed as allowing visitation will fluctuate as DHEC receives new reports and as situations within the facilities change.
  • Family members trying to visit a nursing home or community residential care facility resident are strongly encouraged to contact the individual facility to confirm their visitation policy and schedule a time to visit.
  • This list is updated weekly on Tuesdays.

On March 10, 2021, DHEC provided updated guidelines for outdoor and indoor visitation at nursing homes and community residential care facilities. These updated guidelines require facilities to shift from utilizing the CMS county positivity rate to utilizing DHEC’s county positivity rate for purposes of indoor visitation.

On November 13, 2020, DHEC published a visitation allowance memo reminding nursing homes and community residential care facilities that in-person visitation cannot be restricted unless a reasonable clinical or safety cause is present. DHEC also issued a clarification document on required in-person visitation to serve as a comprehensive tool for facilities to use in order to better understand visitation guidelines.

On October 9, 2020, DHEC provided new guidelines for outdoor and indoor visitation at nursing homes and community residential care facilities, commonly referred to as assisted living facilities.

On October 7, 2020, DHEC issued a public health order requiring that all nursing homes and community residential care facilities licensed by DHEC submit a weekly report about visitation. Learn more about this report here.

Visitation Form Questions

We encourage you to review the questions about visitation that you will be asked before you begin completing the visitation form below.

A training video is available here to assist facilities with completing the reporting form.

Visitation Form

Applies to all nursing homes and community residential care facilities licensed by DHEC.

Facilities must state whether they are allowing visitation, and if not, providing the reason(s) for not allowing visitation.

Facilities must also report the number of residents that participated in a visit in the previous seven (7) days.

Each licensed facility must submit a separate report to DHEC.

Facilities must complete their weekly report no later than 5 p.m. each Monday by completing and submitting the visitation form below.

Should any nursing home or community residential care facility face human resource or information technology challenges in completing any requirement of this order, the facility should notify DHEC immediately by contacting ACC-HealthReg@dhec.sc.gov.

 

 

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