IDPH Mandates COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Facilities

May 29, 2020

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) has filed emergency rules mandating long-term care facilities comply with infection control practices, including testing all residents and staff for COVID-19. Each long-term care facility will collect specimens and arrange with a laboratory to have them tested. IDPH will provide training and assistance with testing if needed and help identify laboratory services if requested. Each facility will be required to report to public health officials the number of residents and staff tested, and the number of positive, negative, and indeterminate test results. For more information, see IDPH’s press release.