Facilities Operations

This section of the Toolkit provides a structured action step approach to incorporate I & Q Facilities into the planning process. The Tools & Samples section offers a significant amount of background research that can save your jurisdiction time as you plan.

WHEN SOMEONE'S HOME OR A HEALTH CARE SITE IS NOT AN OPTION

Ideally, people who are ill and/or have potentially been exposed but do not require hospitalization should be isolated or quarantined in their homes. A home environment is less disruptive to a patient's routine than isolation in a hospital or community-based setting, and reduces demand on limited Public Health resources during an event.

In some instances, people requiring isolation cannot be accommodated either at home or in a health care facility because they do not have a home or a safe home to return to, are travelers, or reside in group living settings such as nursing homes, mental institutions, drug treatment centers, homeless shelters or college dorms. In these cases, it is essential for Public Health to have a community-based facility available for isolation and quarantine during a moderate to large-scale outbreak.

Conducting a Facility Search is a calculated effort that can be time and resource intensive. Develop a plan on how you will approach this task and remember to think outside of the box when generating ideas for a community-based I & Q facility.