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Angela Docherty




Norovirus outbreaks are common in long-term care facilities (LTCF) causing substantial financial burdens and poor health outcomes. Observations by Lane County Public Health stakeholders show a correlation between rapport with LTCFs and prompt outbreak reporting. Proper communication between Lane County Public health and LTCFs is difficult due to high turnover rates. The purpose of this project was to develop resources related to norovirus outbreaks for LTCFs, to increase knowledge of LTCF administrators about these resources, and to increase prompt reporting of norovirus outbreaks to Lane County Public Health. Based on feedback from public health stakeholders, three trial LTCFs were chosen to receive education using an adapted norovirus toolkit. During onsite visits, the trial LTCFs administrators provided feedback about barriers to promptly reporting outbreaks and updated contact information for the trial LTCFs was collected. Additionally, an educational webinar about norovirus was developed for future utilization by LTCFs for staff education. Recommendations include establishing norovirus training standards throughout Lane County LTCFs, continuously updating LTCF contact information, and developing a process for measuring prompt reporting of norovirus outbreaks.






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