Health Facilities News & Updates

The Health Facilities Program is committed to ensuring excellent communication with acute and continuing care providers and suppliers in Kansas. This page contains information about current events, trends, resources, best practices, and updates affecting our day to day health care work.

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Infection Prevention Control Guidance

Effective 9/23/22 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the following infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance documents for U.S. healthcare settings:

These updates have been made to reflect the high levels of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools. Additionally, to streamline and consolidate existing healthcare IPC guidance, the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes | CDC was archived. However, relevant information for nursing homes not otherwise covered in Sections 1 and 2 of the main healthcare IPC guidance have now been incorporated into Section 3: Setting-specific considerations.

 CDC recommends healthcare facilities reference updated Community Transmission metrics on a weekly basis to inform facility-level actions. Community Transmission remains the metric used to guide select actions in healthcare settings, which is different than the COVID-19 Community Levels used for non-healthcare settings. Community Transmission is used to allow for earlier intervention, before there is strain on the healthcare system, and better protect the individuals seeking medical care in these settings.  

These updates provide additional protection measures for patients and healthcare workers, especially in hospitals and nursing homes, where COVID-19 is more likely to spread quickly or cause severe disease if introduced.

Refer to the guidance documents for the full updates. KDHE has adopted the CDC guidance documents in full with no modifications.