COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

 State-By-State Breakdown: COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates Among The General Population 

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Sources: Johns Hopkins University (July 26, 2020) & COVID Tracking Project (July 26, 2020)

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General COVID-19 Resources
Healthcare and Stress - Helpful Resources
Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Facility Resources
Sanitation & Safety Resources
Crisis & Emergency Preparedness Resources
Pandemic Micro Webinar Series
Response Live Q&A Webinar
Nutrition & Foodservice Edge Magazine COVID-19 Issue

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Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Facility Resources

The health, safety, and well-being of our members is our highest priority. Therefore, ANFP wishes to reinforce best practice with regard to preventative health and safety measures.

As experts in sanitation and safety, you understand and follow the principles of proper hygiene protocol. ANFP recommends the following health and safety actions as recommended by the World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing (three feet) from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. (Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash).

ANFP Vendor Solutions Center

The Vendor Solutions Center features ANFP Corporate Partners who wish to share their product and service information through an efficient and streamlined system. Various companies have added helpful COVID-19 resources. Access these helpful materials today!


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

ANFP has gathered information from this wonderful Infection Prevention webinar for two helpful tools:

1. CMS timeline of COVID-19 directives that includes the dates published along with the links to each CMS Publication.

CMS COVID-19 QSO - Regulatory Memos Timeline

2.  A‘cliff notes’ version of this webinar, including slides that stand out for Nutrition Professionals working in Elder Communities. Help educate yourself and others with these valuable charts & graphs.

Webinar Slides Summary 

Kudos to all working in nursing homes as we have done well at keeping COVID-19 at bay in our care communities but we still have lots of work to do in terms of infection prevention and control. Watch this webinar for a solid overview of what regulatory waters we have been swimming in since this pandemic entered our lives. Click the button below to watch the webinar.

Infection Prevention Webinar

CMS released its Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes which will go into effect on May 8, 2020 in the Federal Register with its 292 pages. Food and Nutrition Services 483.60 does not play a role in these pages. ANFP is waiting on information from the July 2019 Changes to the Final Rule in regards to the Requirements of the Food & Nutrition Services Director and the CDM, CFPP credential.

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Access the ANFP Meal Service Re-Introduction Considerations Resource

CMS is modifying the requirements at 42 CFR §§ 483.60(h)(1)(i) and 483.160(a) regarding required training of paid feeding assistants. Specifically, CMS is modifying the minimum time frame requirements in these sections, which require this training to be a minimum of 8 hours.

  • CMS is modifying to allow that the training can be a minimum of 1 hour in length.
  • CMS is not waiving any other requirements under 42 CFR §483.60(h) related to paid feeding assistants or the required training content at 42 CFR §483.160(a)(1)-(8), which contains infection control training and other elements. Additionally,
  • CMS is also not waiving or modifying the requirements at 42 CFR §483.60(h)(2)(i), which requires that a feeding assistant must work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview from the CDC Coronavirus Webinar on 3/16/20

  • BIGGEST takeaway - THIS VIRUS IS NOT SHARED through food; it is spread person to person
  • CDC has not released any specific Food Guidance
  • Hand washing is the key
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces on a routine basis
  • Define your “high touch surfaces” and be diligent about cleaning them frequently
  • (those that come to mind: condiments, salt & pepper shakers, dining chair backs and arms, dining tables and any handrails leading into dining rooms)
  • High touch surfaces MUST have a regular cleaning regimen
  • Disinfectants and cleaners that are approved for healthcare use are effective agents
  • Salad bars: It is up to your establishment’s discretion. Use common sense and frequent cleaning of “high touch” areas
  • Social distancing: This is especially important for the elderly. Keep that in mind when determining congregate meals/communal dining situations. Work with your care community’s leadership to help decide how best to feed your elders
  • Check out the guidance from environmental cleaning recommendations at
  • Touch Screens -high touch surfaces- if used in the dining areas be sure they are cleaned frequently
  • Sick employees - stay home! 7 days + 72 hrs. fever free is the guide
  • Long-term care communities/hospitals: Please work closely with your healthcare community’s infection preventionist professional on how best to lead your nutrition departments. These individuals are highly skilled in infection prevention and are in contact with state, local, and federal agencies and will help us keep ourselves, staff, and those we care for safe through this epidemic.

Additional questions that you may have may be sent to the Association of Food and Drug Officials.


Healthcare and Stress - Helpful Resources

  • The Calm App: Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Learn More

  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. Learn More

  • Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), one of New York’s largest integrated health systems, announced today the launch of the Mount Sinai Center for Stress, Resilience and Personal Growth, a first-of-its-kind initiative in North America that is designed to address the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and lives of frontline health care providers at Mount Sinai and will serve as a model for institutions and communities around the globe. Learn More

  • Factors Associated With Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019: This cross-sectional, survey-based, region-stratified study collected demographic data and mental health measurements from 1257 health care workers in 34 hospitals from January 29, 2020, to February 3, 2020, in China. Health care workers in hospitals equipped with fever clinics or wards for patients with COVID-19 were eligible. Learn more

Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Facility Resources

Pandemic Micro Webinar Series

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Prepare Your Food and Nutrition Staff for the CMS COVID-19 Infection Control Surveys

Prepare yourself and your staff for the survey process by understanding an overview of the CMS COVID-19 focused survey process. Through this webinar you will discover offsite and onsite survey activities and best practices of using a survey tool as a self-assessment to guide you through this process with ease.

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CMS Communal Dining Possibilities

In this webinar, discover options to make mealtime an enjoyable experience during this pandemic while following the guidelines and remaining in emergency planning compliance. Review dining and staffing plans and discover 10 ideas to convert your dining operations to keep residents safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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Paper or Porcelain - Choices for Pandemic Dining

In this webinar, review Standard Precautions designed to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection and how that impacts your food delivery choices. Learn to develop a food delivery policy and tools for your operation.

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Makeover Menus - Do's and Don'ts

During this pandemic, we have all been called to be more creative, for example, when making-over our menus. In this webinar, discover ways to adjust your menus while meeting nutritional requirements and providing residents’ their rights.

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Staff Morale and Keeping it in Check

Now more than ever, you are called to be a leader for your team. In this webinar, discover how emotional intelligence can foster your leadership skills to build your team up during these challenging times.

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COVID-19 Response Live Q&A Webinars

The live Q&A webinars cover the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on facilities across the country. Hear from various panelists who answer questions from participants regarding COVID-19 during these hour-long sessions. View recordings of each webinar below.

May 6, 2020 Recording

June 17, 2020 Recording

September 16, 2020 Recording

COVID-19 Response Live Q&A Webinars Sponsored by:

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May 20, 2020 Recording

June 3, 2020 Recording

COVID-19 Issue of Edge Magazine

Nutrition & Foodservice Edge Magazine COVID-19 Issue

Facing a Pandemic: A Look at COVID-19

The latest issue of Edge magazine features many COVID-19 related topics, including:

  • Wait, Am I Sanitizing or Disinfecting?
  • COVID-19: How it Impacts Food, Nutrition, and Dining
  • Leading Your Department & Team Through Crisis: The Importance of Disaster Response Plans

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Archived Content

Here is a resource for a Free Temporary Feeding Assistant training that includes the necessary components- overview, training video, assessment and printable certificate that can be utilized in care communities to assist with feeding this population of residents that need supported dining.

Please keep in mind that there still may be state specific requirements that need to be waived in order to utilize this training, so please do your due diligence in checking what your state PNA requirements are and asking for their blessings on this temporary PNA training.