CDPH has issued AFL 20-53.3, updating its guidance for testing health care personnel and residents at skilled-nursing facilities. The revised AFL clarifies and aligns with the CMS interim final rule on testing, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and terminology. Among the important updates:
- Skilled-nursing facilities without positive COVID-19 cases are required to test all health care personnel weekly.
- Those with a positive COVID-19 case are required to implement response-driven testing, as described in the AFL.
- Use of point-of-care antigen test instruments and associated requirements
- Test reporting requirements
The AFL also clarifies policies for testing newly admitted/readmitted residents and residents previously diagnosed with COVID-19, and quarantine for newly admitted residents.