Strategies for COVID-19 Response for Populations Receiving Long-Term Care

As governors consider ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect high-risk communities, such as older adults and the health care workers and other providers who serve them, targeted approaches for post-acute and long-term care (LTC) facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living as well as in-home and community settings are critical.

This resource provides key considerations for governors and state leaders as they develop strategies to protect the health and well-being of individuals receiving LTC. It includes: (1) a high level review of considerations for governors; (2) a detailed briefing of considerations and related state examples; and (3) an appendix with quick links to additional resources, including relevant federal guidance.

To accompany this memo, NGA has developed a chart on state actions specific to LTC facilities, which have garnered significant attention due to elevated risk of COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths. Additionally, NGA released a separate memo that offers additional considerations for individuals with access and functional needs, including people with disabilities.

All NGA coronavirus memos can be found here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for current information on the status of COVID-19 In The United States, a list of actions states/territories have taken to address both the public health and economic impacts, and policy resources.