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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

PA HAN

Staffing, Testing, PPE and Other Support for Facilities 

Links to Request Support
  • PPE: For PPE requests, complete this online form: Healthcare Facility / Agency PPE Critical Needs Assessment Form.
  • Staffing: For short-term crisis staffing support due to a COVID-19 outbreak, complete this online form to request staffing for a 3-5 day period: Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Task Force Staffing Support Request. If your facility is working with Penn State or UPenn RCAT, you must work directly with their RCAT for staffing support and NOT utilize this form.
  • Testing: To request assistance with COVID-19 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. For questions about testing, email ra-dhCOVIDtesting@pa.gov.
  • Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCAT): With the ending of the Regional Response Health Collaborative (RRHC) on December 30, 2020, RCAT will provide COVID-19 outbreak support to facilities. Learn more about RCAT.
  • Vaccines: Facilities that are in need of assistance with vaccine access, please fill out this survey.  Upon receipt, DOH will work to identify a local pharmacy partner and contact you via email. For questions about vaccines, email ra-dhCOVIDvax@pa.gov.
  • For general nursing home questions about COVID-19, email ra-dhSNFquestion@pa.gov.

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 ra-dhBinaxNOWtests@pa.gov. 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 10/29/2021