Universal Testing Implemented

Universal Testing Implemented at Congregate Housing Facilities
Individuals residing in congregant housing such as long-term care facilities,
assisted living, nursing home, homeless shelters, jails, sober living, or
transitional housing are considered to be part of a particularly vulnerable
population requiring special precautions. The Toledo-Lucas County Health
Department and the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board are working
collaboratively to ensure the safety of the homeless population.
People living and working in this type of housing may have challenges with
social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Shared housing guests
often gather together closely for social, leisure, and recreational activities,
shared dining, and/or use of shared equipment, such as kitchen appliances,
laundry facilities, stairwells, and elevators.
The Health Department communicates directly with these facilities to ensure
safety and cleaning guidance from ODH and the CDC are utilized and
implemented. A few examples include:
• Social distancing and other mitigation strategies
• Screening of all residents, employees, and visitors entering
the setting for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors
• Identified quarantine and isolation space within facility
• Universal-masking policy requiring all staff/guests to wear
a mask
• Enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection of
frequently touched surfaces
• COVID-19 prevention supplies readily available
• Everyday preventive actions
Beginning this week, the Health Department along with Neighborhood Health
Association, are taking the next step and enacting universal testing in communal
living facilities. Universal testing has been identified as a best practice by the CDC
and as testing supplies have become more readily available, congregate housing
may now engage in the testing capacity.