14 May Covid-19 Testing Guidelines as of 4/21/2021
To define best practices and effective use of resources identified by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) for a new testing initiative aimed at facilitating COVID-19 testing in Assisted Living facilities for all residents and staff.
• RE: Director’s Amended Order for the Testing of the Residents and Staff of all Residential Care Facilities, effective May 4, 2021, each residential care facility licensed by ODH shall cooperate with COVID-19 testing for residents and staff as required by the State. To protect the health and safety of residents and staff, the State has determined this testing shall include, but is not limited to:
- Fully vaccinated staff do not have to be routinely tested. Fully vaccinated refers to a person who is >2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or >2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Recommendations for Vaccinated Persons.
- All unvaccinated staff shall be tested at least twice per week. Unvaccinated refers to a person who does not fit the definition of fully vaccinated, including people whose vaccination status is not known for the purposes of this Order.
- Regardless of vaccination status, strategic testing of all staff and residents shall continue. Strategic testing may include, but is not limited to, testing staff and residents with known or suspected COVID-19 exposure; testing symptomatic staff and residents; or testing staff and residents as determined clinically necessary.
• Testing will continue with MAKO Medical Laboratories, LLC.
• MAKO provides the infrastructure, support, efficiency and outcomes necessary to focus on the health and safety of residents and staff.
• MAKO will utilize a nasal-based collection strategy (just inside the nostrils). Results will be available within 48 hours of receipt by the lab. Staff will be able to access their own results online.
• Results from each testing date will be recorded on a spreadsheet and reported as directed to ODH. Hardcopy individual test results will be kept of file with corresponding testing spreadsheet.
• This plan will be maintained and revised as needed or directed. Additional guidelines may be developed by ODH and/or ODA as needed.