Long-term Care Testing: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health
CDC's new COVID-19 by County community level recommendations do not apply in health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Instead, health care settings should continue to use CDC's COVID Data Tracker community transmission rates and continue to follow CDC and MDH's infection prevention and control recommendations for health care settings.

Long-term Care Testing: COVID-19

Testing guidance, recommendations, and resources for long-term care (LTC) facilities.

On this page:
Overview and Guidance
Antigen Testing
Testing Resources
Employee Testing Posters

Overview and Guidance

Testing guidance and resources for long-term care (LTC) facilities.

Nursing facilities

Federally certified nursing facilities in Minnesota should refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) memo below for COVID-19 testing guidelines:

Assisted living facilities

Antigen Testing

Long term care facilities in Minnesota should refer to CDC: SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing in Long Term Care Facilities.

Video: Reporting of Point-of-Care Antigen Tests by Long-term Care Facilities
Short video describing how to fill in the point-of-care antigen test reporting template.

Transcript: Reporting of Point-of-Care Antigen Tests by Long-term Care Facilities (PDF)

Testing Resources

Resources for facilities undergoing resident or staff testing.

If a resident passes away in your facility, MDH recommends testing for COVID-19 if there are any confirmed cases in your facility or if the cause of death is not clearly due to causes besides COVID-19. A nasal pharyngeal swab needs to be collected from the deceased individual for testing prior to sending the body to the funeral home or medical examiner's office. The specimen can be sent to MDH for COVID-19 testing free of charge. Please refer to Evaluating and Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for appropriate forms and submission guidance and call MDH (1-877-676-5414) to report the death and suspicion of COVID-19.

Employee Testing Posters

Posters for long-term care facilities can download and print to promote employee testing.

Updated Wednesday, 06-Jul-2022 10:28:06 CDT