Illinois Department of Public Health Files Emergency Rules Mandating COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

The facility must also make sure a copy of the facility’s infection control policies and procedures is provided to residents, and to the resident’s family or representative, along with IDPH or local health departments, upon request.To date, IDPH laboratories have provided 45,000 testing kits to 170 long term care facilities.  IDPH has an agreement with Quest Laboratories, which has so far provided 8,500 testing kits to 33 long term care facilities.  IDPH will provide additional testing kits to long-term care facilities that choose to work with IDPH to implement their testing plan. IDPH will continue to work with local health departments to provide guidance and support for infection control practices at long-term care facilities, perform targeted infection control surveys, provide consulting services to facilities, and coordinate with partners to provide additional assistance.This emergency rule is effective immediately and can be found at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/governor-pritzkers-executive-orders-and-rules.

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