DOH: Clarification on NH/ACF Weekly Staff Requirements for Regions Entering Phase 2

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

The New York City Region begins Phase 2 of NY Forward starting today, Monday, June 22nd. This change not only impacts the frequency of staff testing requirements, but the change also occurs mid-cycle during the normal Wednesday- Tuesday staff testing and reporting timeline for facilities located in the region. Hence, DOH would like to provide those facilities affected by this transition with the following guidance:

  1. For facilities located in New York City, entering Phase 2 of NY Forward on Monday June 22nd: For the Week 6 staff testing reporting period (Wednesday, June 17th Tuesday, June 23rd), facilities only be required to test personnel once during the reporting period ending tomorrow, June 23, 2020. For facilities that had planned the second personnel test of the current reporting period for today (6/22) or tomorrow (6/23), DOH encourages such tests be conducted, however they are not required.

Tests that take place either today (6/22) or tomorrow (6/23) are considered part of this week's staff testing cycle and should not be counted for next week's staff testing assessment cycle beginning on June 24th. Only personnel tests administered on or after Wednesday, June 24th will count for week 7 NH/ACF weekly staff testing figures. All personnel should be tested at least once during the seven (7) day period beginning Wednesday, June 24th, and each subsequent week thereafter. 

2. For facilities previously in Phase 2 of NY Forward, outside of New York City: There is no change to testing and reporting. All personnel should be tested at least once during the seven (7) day period beginning Wednesday, June 24th, and each subsequent week thereafter. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the appropriate DOH email: covidadultcareinfo@health.ny.gov  or covidnursinghomeinfo@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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