Tag: testing

Twice-weekly staff testing to be required for select SNFs

COVID-19 staff testing will be required twice-weekly at SNFs in 801 counties across the country under new federal regulations. CMS released a list of infection rates by county last week that will be used to determine the required frequency of staff testing. All facilities located in “red” counties will require tests twice-weekly, while facilities in […]

At-home COVID-19 testing on the horizon

At-home COVID-19 testing may be made available in order to allow for a greater number of people to be tested in less time. Doing so would also minimize the risk of infected people traveling to a testing location. LabCorp was the first company to receive FDA authorization for home collection of COVID-19 test samples back […]

Rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit available for use in the U.S.

A rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit that can show if a person has been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is now available for use in the U.S. Menarini Silicon Biosystems has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement to sell the detection kit. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette®, manufactured by Healgen […]

PPE shortage a concern, says chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL

A March 6 press call held by Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL, revealed that one of the larger issues SNFs and healthcare facilities at large may have is a shortage of gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), much of which usually ships from China. “It’s one of the issues that […]