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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

Additional Testing Information

  • To request assistance with outbreak testing, complete this online form: Universal Testing Needs Assessment Form. Your request will be considered, and someone from the Long-Term Care Task Force will be in touch with you.
  • If your facility has a CLIA waiver and a Pennsylvania lab permit and is in need of Abbott BinaxNOW cards, please send an email to Include your facility point of contact’s name and email address along with the facility name and address. Please see the COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the requirements for performing testing at your facility.

If your facility does not have a laboratory engaged for COVID-19 testing, view a list of laboratories that conduct COVID-19 testing. This list is provided for informational purposes only, and the facility would be responsible for any cost.

PA DOH Guidance and Resources

Orders of the Secretary of Health (and related FAQs)

State Registrar Notices

Federal Guidance and Resources

Questions? Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)

Updated 7/12/2021