NYSDOH Clarification on Negative Test Requirement for Furloughed Staff

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

New York State Department of Health’s Nursing Home Testing Program provided guidance on the staff testing negative requirement prior to returning to work: nursing home employees who test positive for COVID-19 but remained asymptomatic are not eligible to return to work for 14 days from first positive test date until receiving a negative test. However, this policy may be reconsidered for previously COVID-19 positive individuals as more is learned about immunity following COVID-19.

NYSDOH provided clarification that the negative test requirement may be fulfilled during the 14-day period.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15