CVS Health will be helping the Pennsylvania Department of Health carry out COVID-19 testing at nursing homes as part of a new partnership agreement, reports citizenstandard.com.
The partnership between the state health department, CVS health company Omnicare and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be offered free of charge statewide to skilled nursing care residents and staff.
This deal will help make sure facilities comply with a universal testing order issues by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levin on June 9.
“It will provide us the opportunity to better address outbreaks and work to prevent future outbreaks in nursing home facilities,” Secretary Levine said. “These teams are assisting us in our response in the hardest-hit areas as we work to protect the public health and safety of Pennsylvanians.”
Up to 50,000 tests will be administered beginning today, June 29.
Testing will be conducted under a three-tiered priority list. First are facilities with new or ongoing outbreaks. Next are facilities with a history of a resolved outbreak. The third will be facilities with no outbreaks.
More information and a map about Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 testing sites, is listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
Read more about the nursing home testing plan here.
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