HARRISBURG – PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine released updated skilled nursing facility guidance that includes recommendations on COVID-19 routine testing strategies for facilities not experiencing an outbreak, Compassionate Caregivers, access to facilities for resident advocates, and a revised reopening timeline after a mitigated outbreak. Updates on testing and compassionate caregiving follow the recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The updated guidance was formulated through collective input from stakeholders, inter-agency partners, industry leaders, and facility representatives to allow safe caregiving, in addition to visitations with strong public health measures to balance the mental and physical well-being of PA’s most vulnerable residents.