Pennsylvania Orders Coronavirus Testing in All Nursing Homes

The Wolf administration issued an order requiring nursing homes to test all residents and staff by mid-summer for coronavirus. Facilities are responsible for contracting with a commercial laboratory for the testing. According to a report issued by the Department of Health, within 615 facilities, there were 16,167 cases among patients, 2,807 among staff, and 4,094 deaths or approximately 69 percent of the overall COVID-19 attributable deaths statewide. The order from Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine applies to all 693 nursing homes in the state, requiring them to complete the tests by July 24.