PA Health Dept releases more guidance for nursing homes

Written by on September 4, 2020

PA Health Dept releases more guidance for nursing homes


September 4, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Thursday released new guidance for testing asymptomatic nursing home residents and staff.

The guidelines are directly linked to the degree of COVID-19 transmission in a given community. For example, asymptomatic staff in counties with low transmission activity should be tested every four weeks. But in counties with substantial spread, staff should be tested twice a week.

State Health Secretary Rachel Levine:

“The prevalence of cases in nursing homes is directly proportional to the prevalence of cases in the county in which they’re located,” said Levine.

Levine says staff and residents experiencing symptoms should be tested immediately.

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