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ODP Announcement 21-048: Guidance for Infection Control and Mitigation for ODP Home and Community Based Services Providers

Issued: July 1, 2020


All stakeholders


To provide updated guidance to providers of ODP home and community-based services related to infection control procedures and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.


The following ODP announcements are obsolete and being replaced with the following guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and any future replacements of this guidance from the PA DOH and CDC.

​Obsolete Guidance
​New Guidance
​ODP Announcement 20-066
Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Visitation in Residential Settings

ODP Announcement 20-068
Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Applying Department of Health Testing and Personal Protective Equipment Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Residents and Health Care Personnel to Community and Life Sharing Homes
​CDC (

​ODP Announcement 20-088
Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance on Masks, Close Contact, Screening, and Handwashing
​All direct support professionals (DSPs) should follow risk mitigation recommendations, which include, but are not limited to, infection prevention strategies for universal masking, screening, and handwashing as outlined in the below guidance. DSPs working in congregate settings including licensed community homes, adult training facilities, and prevocational facilities should continue to wear a mask because they are considered healthcare personnel for the purposes of PA DOH COVID-19 guidance. The CDC continues to recommend universal masking for all DSPs.



Guidance for Transportation During Service Provision
​ODP Announcement 20-101
Updated: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Temporary Closure of Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Habilitation, and Licensed Facilities Where Community Participation Support is Provided Due to Community Spread or When Staff or Individuals are Diagnosed with COVID-19, and the Process for Reopening Facilities
Community locations: When Community Participation Support (CPS) services are provided in community settings, state and local guidelines for physical distancing and masking for the applicable community setting should be followed.

Facility based CPS: When CPS services are being providing in a facility the below guidance should be followed:


This announcement, and the guidance contained within is intended to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, or local public health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which providers of ODP home and community-based services must comply. Additionally, there may be instances where there are differences in CDC guidance from PA DOH guidance. In these instances, PA DOH guidance should be followed as the lead agency of the COVID-19 response for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

ODP encourages any provider who has a question to reach out for clarification and support. The following resources can provide support as appropriate:

      1. Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCAT) 
      2. PA DOH at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) 
      3. Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) 
      4. ODP Regional Offices 

Questions about this announcement may be directed to