COVID-19 Testing at Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities is More Important Than You Think

As you have likely heard by now, nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be dangerous for COVID-19 spread. People over 60 and those with chronic illness—both of whom comprise populations at these facilities—are at high risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19.

On top of that, shared indoor space is known for causing “superspreader” events, which is when many people get infected at once. If just one of your residents catches COVID-19, it could spread quickly and have dire consequences. Testing is an important and effective way to protect both your patients and your employees.

While nursing home and assisted living residents make up only .6% of the US population, they account for 42% of COVID-19 deaths. In 23 states, half or more than half of COVID deaths are residents or workers in these facilities.  

Testing is a quick and simple way to prevent this tragedy from spreading to your facility along with the virus. When you test your residents and employees for COVID, you make sure no one spreads the virus while they are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. This—along with other CDC-recommended measures such as social distancing—is one of the most effective ways to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak. Testing at your facility can, and likely will, save lives.

Avalon Laboratory Solutions wants to help keep your residents and employees safe. We offer a full Employee Preparedness Program, which includes: directed testing efforts, contact tracing, help making your space conducive to social distancing, and access to personal protective equipment (PPE). We will help take worries about safety off your mind, so that you can continue to do what you do best: provide care to those in need.

To find out more information or learn about pricing, email info@avalonlabsolutions.com.