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COVID-19 Information for Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing facilities are licensed by the PA Department of Health, and are often referred to as nursing homes. There are other types of long-term care facilities licensed by the PA Department of Human Services, such as personal care homes and assisted living facilities.

Vaccine Data and Strategy


Staffing, Testing, PPE and Other Support for Facilities 

Links to Request Support
  • Rapid antigen tests: See the COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the requirements for performing testing at your facility.
  • Long-Term Care Resiliency, Infrastructure Supports, and Empowerment (LTC-RISE): With the ending of the Regional Response Health Collaborative (RRHC) on December 30, 2020, the Department transitioned from the RCATs to a new program, LTC RISE, effective January 1, 2022.  Learn more about LTC RISE.
  • Vaccines: Facilities that are in need of assistance with vaccine access, please contact the PA Department of Health. If feasible, DOH will work to identify a local pharmacy partner and contact you via email.
  • For general nursing home questions about COVID-19, email

Infection Control and Outbreak Response

PA DOH Resources

State Registrar Notices

Federal Resources