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High impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, suggestion for monitoring in the EU/EEA, May 2020
ECDC Public Health Emergency Team1, Kostas Danis2, Laure Fonteneau2, Scarlett Georges2, Côme Daniau2, Sibylle Bernard-Stoecklin2, Lisa Domegan3,4, Joan O’Donnell4, Siri Helene Hauge5, Sara Dequeker6, Eline Vandael6, Johan Van der Heyden6, Françoise Renard6, Natalia Bustos Sierra6, Enrico Ricchizzi7, Birgitta Schweickert8, Nicole Schmidt8, Muna Abu Sin8, Tim Eckmanns8, José-Artur Paiva9, Elke Schneider10
Affiliations: 1 The members of the ECDC Public Health Emergency Team are listed at the end of the article; 2 Santé Publique France (SpFrance), the French National Public Health Agency, St Maurice, France; 3 European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden; 4 Health Service Executive-Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland; 5 Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway; 6 Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium; 7 Regional Health and Social Agency – Emilia Romagna, Bologna, Italy; 8 Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany; 9 Directorate General of Health, Lisbon, Portugal; 10 European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Bilbao, Spain
Correspondence: Cornelia Adlhoch
Citation style for this article: ECDC Public Health Emergency Team, Danis Kostas, Fonteneau Laure, Georges Scarlett, Daniau Côme, Bernard-Stoecklin Sibylle, Domegan Lisa, O’Donnell Joan, Hauge Siri Helene, Dequeker Sara, Vandael Eline, Van der Heyden Johan, Renard Françoise, Bustos Sierra Natalia, Ricchizzi Enrico, Schweickert Birgitta, Schmidt Nicole, Abu Sin Muna, Eckmanns Tim, Paiva José-Artur, Schneider Elke. High impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, suggestion for monitoring in the EU/EEA, May 2020. Euro Surveill. 2020;25(22):pii=2000956. https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.22.2000956
Received: 18 May 2020; Accepted: 02 Jun 2020
Residents in long-term care facilities (LTCF) are a vulnerable population group. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related deaths in LTCF residents represent 30–60% of all COVID-19 deaths in many European countries. This situation demands that countries implement local and national testing, infection prevention and control, and monitoring programmes for COVID-19 in LTCF in order to identify clusters early, decrease the spread within and between facilities and reduce the size and severity of outbreaks.
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Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Institutional outbreaks; EU.