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Universal Testing of Long-Term Care Facilities — Personal Care Homes (PCH), Assisted Living Residences (ALR), and Private Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF)

Updated: August 3, 2020; Issued: June 26, 2020

Per the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Testing at Long-Term Care Facilities, issued June 26, 2020, Personal Care Homes (PCHs), Assisted Living Residences (ALRs), and Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are required to complete a baseline universal test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, of all residents and staff no later than August 31, 2020.  Universal testing includes: any resident or staff person who has never been tested, and any resident or staff person who was tested prior to June 12, 2020 and whose test result was negative. 

Please find documents below on the requirements for testing residents and staff of PCHs, ALRs, and private ICFs, Testing of long-term care facility residents and staff frequently asked questions, and Interim PCH, ALR and ICF reopening guidance.

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