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California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) (Updated 3/25/2020)

California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF)

March 20, 2020

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is, for most facilities, a litmus test for their level of emergency preparation. When used in conjunction with Hazard Vulnerability Assessments, the Nursing Home Incident Command System, and Table Top Exercises, the EOP is an irreplaceable tool for long-term care providers to mitigate disasters. Here are listed other toolkits and successful methods pioneered by proactive agencies around the U.S.

NEW AHCA/NCAL - Sample Policy for Emergent Infectious Diseases for SNFs (Updated with COVID-19 links) (pdf)

March 13, 2020

Pandemic influenza is a unique challenge to long-term care because it can be a drawn-out incident, taking several weeks or months to conclude. An effective response to pandemic influenza requires: collaborating with local healthcare coalitions and response partners, planning for increased admits or surge at your facility, and gathering crucial information on an ongoing basis to share with authorities. Awareness of your facility's capacities and your staff's capabilities will allow you to respond to a dynamic and fast-paced situation such as infectious or vector-borne diseases like influenza.


March 11, 2020

Act today to prevent the spread of COVID-19

California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) recommends restrictions on visits and help with program flex requests

A message from CAHF CEO/President Craig Cornett:

In response to the current, rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout many communities statewide, CAHF's top priority is to help you prevent the virus from entering your facility given the high fatality rate among the elderly.

Once in your building, the mortality rate could be as high as 50 percent based on early data from Washington State.

The passing of an assisted living community resident in Northern California on Tuesday, March 10 is yet another reminder that we all must adhere to strict precautions to prevent the entrance and spread of COVID-19 at long term care facilities.

CAHF is urging that you comply with the American Health Care Association (AHCA) minimum recommendations for restricting visitors. Don't wait! Act today.

AHCA strongly recommends adhering to five actions to help prevent the entry of COVID-19 into your facility.

1. Allow entry only to individuals who need entry.

2. Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.

3. Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.

4. Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.

5. Set up processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.

Please refer to AHCA's message that details each of the five recommended actions.

Program flexibility requests:

Facilities need to submit a "program flexibility" Form 5000A to the California Department of Public Health that outlines visitation and activity policies.

Use the prepopulated form 5000A for your flex request (Adobe Acrobat necessary for access).

You will need to complete your facility-specific information and adjust the form as needed. Then email the form directly to

Staff contacts: Jason Belden, 916-432-5194 and Patti Owens, 916-432-5201