PA Dept. of Health, CVS Health Announce Partnership To Assist With COVID-19 Response In Nursing Homes

Rachel Kalas
June 24, 2020 - 7:09 pm
COVID19 testing

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced Wednesday that they are partnering with CVS Health to offer free COVID-19 testing services to statewide skilled nursing facilities to help make sure facilities are compliant with the universal testing order issued on June 9th.

CVS Health company Omnicare will administer up to 50,000 tests to residents and staff members at skilled nursing facilities beginning the week of June 29th.

“We are so pleased to have this level of collaboration and assistance from CVS Health,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “COVID-19 is a particularly challenging situation for congregate settings, particularly our nursing home facilities. This partnership strengthens and increases access to ensure universal testing is completed in nursing homes, as required in the order issued earlier this month. It will provide us the opportunity to better address outbreaks and work to prevent future outbreaks in nursing home facilities. These teams are assisting us in our response in the hardest-hit areas as we work to protect the public health and safety of Pennsylvanians.”


A three-tiered priority list will be determined by the department to begin testing facilities with new or ongoing outbreaks followed by facilities with a history of resolved outbreaks, and ending with facilities with no outbreaks.

“At Omnicare, we are dedicated to providing outstanding service to our long-term care customers and their patients. Our COVID-19 testing solutions are a prime example of our capabilities, and a critical component of our broader response to the pandemic,” said Jim Love, President of Omnicare. “We are pleased to partner with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to increase access and availability to testing for these critically important long-term care facilities and their vulnerable patient populations.”

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