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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Skilled Nursing Facilities: Infection Prevention Resources and Guidance
Your central guide to education and events relevant to improving infection prevention at your facility.

COVID-19 Resources

Guidance and Resources


  • List of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs) and SNFs with Subacute Units in LA County Quick Link

  • Information for Health Facilities Quick Link

  • Guidelines for Preventing and Managing COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities Guidance

  • COVID-19 Information for Health Providers (Updated Often)

  • LA County COVID-19 Data Quick Link

  • New! Ask an IP - Learning and Communication Series Quick Link

  • Transmission Based Precautions: Infectious Disease Prevention Posters Quick Links




LAC DPH COVID-19 Webinars

Upcoming webinars

Coming soon

Past webinars

  • COVID-19 Updates for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Boosters, Quarantine & Isolation, Visitation, Testing, and More slides recording (1-10-22)

  • COVID-19 Updates for Skilled Nursing Facilities: The Omicron Variant, Boosters, Monoclonal Antibodies, Testing Updates, and More slides (12-10-21)

  • COVID-19 Update for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Monoclonal Antibodies, Holiday Guidance, and More slides recording (11-19-21)

  • COVID-19 Update for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Vaccine Boosters, Influenza, and More slides recording (10-29-21)

  • COVID-19 Update for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Guidance Updates, Influenza Vaccination and More (9-24-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Updates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (8-20-21) slides  recording

  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions on Visitation, Interfacility Transfers, Testing & More (7-16-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Updates for Skill Nursing Facilities (6-25-21) slides

  • COVID-19 Updates for Skill Acute Care Hospitals (5-28-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Update and Infection Prevention and Control of MDRO's like Candida auris (4-30-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Vaccine, Visitation, Transfers and More (4-16-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Vaccine, Visitation and More for SNF's (3-12-21) slides recording

  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Other Key Updates for SNF's (3-5-21) slides

  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Other Key Updates for SNFs (1-29-21)  slides recording

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update for SNF's (1-8-21) slides

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update for SNF's (12-23-20) slides recording

  • PrepMod Training for SNF's (12-18-20) recording

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction (12-17-20) slides recording

  • PrepMod Training for Administrative Users (12-15-20) recording 

  • Vaccine Update for SNF's (12-11-20) slides recording

  • Vaccine Update for SNF's (12-4-20) slides Q&A for SNF's

  • Candida auris Update and Visitation/Guidance Q and A for SNF's (11-13-20) slides recording

  • Influenza Management in SNF's in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (10-30-20) slides recording

  • Frequently Asked Questions (10-16-20) slides recording 

  • Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards and Update on N-95 Respirator Use (10-2-20) slides recording

  • Back to the Basics of Infection Control and Testing Updates from CDPH AFL (9-18-20) slides recording

  • Trends, Testing, Visitation and Influenza Vaccination (9-4-20) slides recording

  • Grey Areas in the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in SNF's (8-21-20) slides recording

  • Guidance on the Use of COVID-19 Antigen Testing in SNF's (8-7-20) slides recording


News and Updates



  • California Department of Public Health All Facility Letter 19-22 Letter (6-10-19)

  • Enhancement Standard Precautions for Skilled Nursing Facilities, 2019 Standard Precautions (6-10-19)


 2019 Skilled Nursing Facilities Symposium

Presentation Archive (Full Recording/Video HERE)

 2018 U.S. Antibiotics Awareness Week: Skilled Nursing Facility Educational Event

Presentation Archive


 2018 Skilled Nursing Facilities Symposium on Managing Legionnaires' Disease

Presentation Archive (Full Recording/Video HERE)

2017 Skilled Nursing Facilities Symposium on Infection Control and Prevention

Presentation Archive:


Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs



California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
Antimicrobial Stewardship in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Webinar Series and Examples of Implementation
The CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program collaborated with the California Association of Health Facilities to develop this six-part webinar series providing practical guidance for California skilled nursing facilities developing their antimicrobial stewardship policies.

Useful Links and Resources



Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH)
Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC)
Frequently Used Links Links to other LAC DPH programs, journals, organizations and data.
General Information
LAC DPH Surveillance
Influenza Watch
Outbreak Prevention for SNFs
- Flu Health Education Materials
- Flu Vaccination
Information on influenza including resources and guidance for outbreak mitigation and prevention. Influenza Watch is a free electronic newsletter summarizing influenza activity in LAC and published during influenza season.
LAC DPH Health Officer Order: Influenza Vaccination and Masking for for Healthcare Workers
Informational Webpage
SNF Toolkit
Resources explaining the mandate and supporting influenza vaccination for healthcare personnel.
General Information
Outbreak Prevention Toolkit
Norovirus information and resources; how-to-guide for norovirus outbreak prevention and control in SNFs.
- General Information
- Toolkit for Acute and Long-term Care Facilities
Scabies information and resources; how-to-guide for scabies outbreak prevention and control in medical settings.
Health Education Materials Health education materials including flyers and posters.
Los Angeles Health Alert Network (LAHAN) Provides health alerts, advisories and updates; site includes registration to subscribe to receive these communications.
Healthcare-Associated InfectionsPatient Guide Provides information about healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), how they can be treated, and how they can be prevented. Also, provides examples and descriptions of come common HAIs.

State of California
California Code of Regulations (CCR)
- Title 17. Public Health
State laws and regulations for acute care hospitals, SNFs, ICFs and other healthcare facilities.
California Health and Safety Code
- Table of Contents
State legislation concerning healthcare facilities.
Senate Bill 361 Senate bill requiring SNFs to establish an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program by January 1, 2017.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
- Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program
- HAI and Infection Control Guidelines
- Basics of Infection Prevention 2 Day Mini Course
- Certificate and Licensing All Facility Letter (AFL)
- California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
- Enhanced Standards Precautions for Long-Term Care Facilities (AFL 10-27)
Program activities, reports and NHSN data management; various topics related to HAIs including prevention and control guidelines and outbreak management; free 2 day course providing basic infection prevention education for infection preventionists and associated staff; the(AFL) is a letter from the Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program to health facilities that are licensed or certified by L&C. The information contained in the AFL may include changes in requirements in healthcare, enforcement, new technologies, and scope of practice, or general information that affects the health facility; CAHAN is the state's web-based information and communications system available on a 24/7/365 basis for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of prevention guidelines, coordination of disease investigation efforts, preparedness planning, and other initiatives that strengthen state and local preparedness  

United States
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
- Core Elements for Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Homes
- Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities
- Influenza Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers - English
- Influenza Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers - Spanish
- Norovirus in Healthcare Settings
- Health Alert Network

- Healthcare-Associated InfectionsPatient Guide

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control Program
Antimicrobial Resistance, Influenza and Skilled Nursing Facility (ARIS) Unit (contact person Karen Cho, Program Specialist PHN, SNF Outreach Program Coordinator)
SNF Symposium: Provides information on prevention and control of infectious diseases in the SNF setting, antimicrobial stewardship programs, management of multidrug resistant organisms and an overview of the California Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

Healthcare Outreach Unit
CDI Collaborative: Works with approximately 10 nursing homes and hospitals in LAC, this collaborative aims to reduce the transmission of Clostridium difficile (CDI) across the spectrum of care by enhancing antimicrobial stewardship, environmental cleaning, and inter-facility communication
2-day Basics of Infection Prevention Course: Educates novice infection preventionists and other healthcare staff on the basics of healthcare-associated infection prevention

Infection Control Assessment and Response Program
Infection Control Assessments: provides review an infection control for long-term facilities using the CDC assessment tool
Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) HSAG in California is a part of the Quality Innovation Network — Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). HSAG recently developed and disseminated a training program on reducing infections in the nursing home setting entitled, “Operation Infection Control: Win the Battle Against Infections!” Key stakeholders in California shared best practices during these sessions. HSAG is also working on reducing infections in hospitals and improving care coordination/transitions in care in communities.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) In two regions (Orange County and the Greater Sacramento area), the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Program is offering CDI Collaboratives for nursing homes and hospitals to work together to reduce CDI events. Quarterly learning sessions will be offered as well as on-site support from CDPH Regional Infection Preventionists.
California Association of Health Facilities/Quality Care Health Foundation QCHF, the educational arm of CAHF, offers an annual Infection Control 2-Day Course and covers topics such as surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship, management of MDROs, outbreak management, employee health and other topics.
California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Working with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care in collaboration with the Health Research and Educational Trust and CAHF on a project addressing catheter-associated urinary tract infections and healthcare-associated infections in the nursing home setting in California. This project will increase the knowledge of these issues among nursing home residents and their family members and hopes to reduce these types of infections. Project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


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