FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2020
Department of Health: 349 Nursing
Homes have Completed Universal COVID-19 Testing, Others to Complete by July
PA - The
Pennsylvania Department of Health today recognized
nursing homes for reporting their COVID-19 facility information and 349
of the state’s 563 nursing homes for completing mandated universal testing.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine also reminded all other nursing homes
to report data daily and complete universal testing at least once by July
goal with implementing this universal testing in nursing homes is to
rapidly detect asymptomatic positive residents and staff, manage their care
and prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in these living settings,”
Secretary of Health Dr. Levine said. “As facilities implement universal
testing and continue to report their facility information, it will help us
understand how COVID-19 is impacting these vulnerable populations. Thank
you to those facilities that have taken responsibility for completing and
reporting, we appreciate your continued efforts to support residents across
This nursing home data, along with
other long-term care facility (LTCF) data, is updated every Tuesday.
Facilities are mandated by the Department of Health to report the number of
cases, number of employee cases and number of deaths that have occurred at
each facility. This nursing home data now includes the facilities that have
completed universal testing across the state.
department is helping facilities that are not reporting, or not reporting
properly, to ensure the data is being shared properly in order to provide a
comprehensive update each week. For facilities with fewer than five in any
of the collected data points, the information is redacted to protect
patient confidentiality. As testing becomes more widespread and ultimately
universal, it is important that all facilities report all necessary
to protect residents of LTCFs focuses on ensuring resident
safety through education, resources and testing; preventing and mitigating
outbreaks; and working in partnership with other state agencies, municipal
and county health departments and LTCFs.
Department of Health partnered with CVS Health and Eurofins to provide
additional assistance in nursing homes to ensure facilities have access to
COVID-19 testing resources statewide.
more, please visit our COVID-19 information
for Nursing Homes website.
Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to
reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20
seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially
if you are unwell.
- If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask
when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social
Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics
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a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts
like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up
online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
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