NYSDOH Conducting Resident Testing in Nursing Homes

Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH will be contacting each nursing home to conduct diagnostic testing of your residents over the next two weeks. The goal is to complete testing for all nursing home residents by June 7, 2020 (including over the weekend) using regional DOH, local health departments and/or contractors. DOH will notify nursing homes via emails and/or phone calls to set up a date and time for testing. The testing staff will bring PPE and testing supplies. 

Nursing homes will be asked to supply an electronic listing of residents (containing pertinent information about the resident including COVID 19 status), 2 sets of labels, a floor map of each unit, and the name of the Medical Director. DOH will request your designated entrance for the DOH team and the location of a staging area for donning and doffing PPE. There will be no contact tracing for residents who test positive at this time. 

As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, CDC made recommendations for nursing homes:  test all residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) in nursing homes. This CDC document describes considerations for performing facility-wide testing among nursing home residents and HCP. It is important to share information about the plan for COVID-19 testing in your nursing home with your residents and families ahead of time. Diagnostic testing in nursing homes is an important addition to infection prevention and control recommendations aimed at: keeping COVID-19 out, detecting COVID-19 cases quickly and stopping COVID-19 transmission.

Please reach out to the NYSDOH Regional Office in your area for further questions or requests for information on the resident testing scheduled at your nursing home.


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16