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Office of Long-Term Living Services in Counties Designated by the Governor as Yellow Phase 

Issued: May 13, 2020

On May 1, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that 24 counties from the northwest and north-central regions of Pennsylvania would be moving from red phase to yellow phase beginning Friday, May 8, 2020 as part of the Wolf administration’s process to reopen PA. This marks a reduction in some restrictions on work and social interactions. However, restrictions related to congregate care settings remain in place. 

The following counties moved from red phase to yellow phase on May 8, 2020: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren. 

These counties were deemed ready to move to the yellow phase because of low per-capita case counts, the ability to conduct contact tracing and testing, and appropriate population density to contain community spread. 

OLTL Services in Counties the Governor Declares in the Yellow Phase 

Moving from the red phase to the yellow phase does not change any guidance that has been issued by OLTL or the Community HealthChoices (CHC) managed care organizations (MCO). All conditions outlined in the guidance noted below continues to apply to each provider category.

​Home and Community-Based Services

CHC Waiver Operational Guidance and the OBRA Waiver Operational Guidance including remote initial level of care assessments, Service Coordinator contacts, person-centered service plan development and provision of service.

​Nursing Facilities

​Clarification Guidance for Pennsylvania Pre-AdmissionScreening Resident Review (PASRR), the InterimGuidance on Visitation in Nursing Facilities DuringCOVID-19, and Guidance for Infection Control andPrevention

​Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE)

LIFE Provider Guidance Related to COVID-19

Assisted Living Residences & Personal Care Homes

Interim Guidance on Visitation in Nursing FacilitiesDuring COVID-19, the Guidance for Infection Controland Prevention, the Guidance Suspending andRestricting License Requirements for Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Residences, and Visitation Restrictions in Personal Care Homes and Assisted Living Residences

Providers are encouraged to continue to monitor the Department of Health(DOH) COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date DOH guidance on COVID-19, the Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID-19 website for the most up-todate DHS guidance on COVID-19, and Governor Wolf’s website for responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. 

OLTL will continue to evaluate the steps necessary to address the Governor’s plan to reopen PA and communicate updated guidance as the situation evolves. 

If you have questions about the information in this ListServ email, please contact the OLTL Provider Helpline at 1-800-932-0939.