Yes, assisted living staff members are being tested for the coronavirus. Tests are typically given to those with symptoms and those who have had contact with someone who tested positive. 

Coronavirus test access is limited in many areas across the nation, so staff members aren’t always taking tests on a regular basis. However, they are being monitored daily for fever and other symptoms. If they exhibit symptoms or if it becomes known that they have had contact with someone else who tested positive, then they will be sent home and given a high priority for testing. In some areas, weekly or otherwise scheduled testing is beginning. 

If you want to know more about how assisted living facilities screen their staff members, how they handle positive tests, and more, you can read the CDC guidelines that affect assisted living. State and county-level guidance may mean that these processes are even stricter in some locations. 

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

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