Osong Public Health Res Perspect.  2020 Aug;11(4):259-264. 10.24171/j.phrp.2020.11.4.16.

Early Intervention Reduces the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities in the Republic of Korea

  • 0Central Disease Control Headquarters, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Korea
  • 0Infectious Disease Management Division, Gyeonggi Provincial Office, Suwon, Korea
  • 0Health Administration Department, Gunpo Health Center, Gunpo, Korea
  • 0Director of Public Health Center, Guro-gu Health Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 0Regional Health Department, Guro-gu Health Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 0Health Administration Department, Guro-gu Health Center, Seoul, Korea


This study describes the epidemiological characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) based on reported cases from long-term care facilities. As of April 20th, 2020, 3 long-term care facilities in a metropolitan area of South Korea had reported cases of COVID-19. These facilities’ employees were presumed to be the sources of infection. There were 2 nursing hospitals that did not report any additional cases. One nursing home had a total of 25 cases, with an attack rate of 51.4% (95% CI 35.6–67.0), and a fatality rate of 38.9% (95% CI 20.3–61.4) among residents. The results from this study suggest that early detection and maintenance of infection control minimizes the risk of rapid transmission.


COVID-19; long-term care; housing for the elderly
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