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Residential Care Facilities COVID-19 Testing Program
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that due to the congregate nature and population served, residential care facilities are at high risk for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreading among their residents. Often, when a new-onset infection is identified, there are others in the facility who are also infected but who do not yet have symptoms. Rapid action to identify, isolate, and test others who might be infected is critical to prevent COVID-19 spread in residential care facilities.

The state of Ohio has partnered with MAKO Medical to provide supported testing services for the state’s residential care facilities. Through this program, facilities will receive support with testing including training, access to test kits, lab capacity, and management of results via online portal.

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Testing Order and Guidance

Each residential care facility (also known as assisted living) licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) shall cooperate with COVID-19 testing for residents and staff as required by the State. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic testing of residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within a facility and a community. Each residential care facility in Ohio must also require all staff to be tested in accordance with the Amended Director's Order.

Training and FAQ

COVID-19 Testing

If you need assistance with the MAKO Medical portal, please contact the MAKO team directly at RNibert@makomedical.com or JTucker@makomedical.com.

If you have programmatic questions not otherwise addressed on this page, please contact the Ohio Department of Aging at COVIDTesting@age.ohio.gov.

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