Lee To Require COVID-19 Testing At Long-Term Care Facilities

May 29, 2020

Credit Office of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration has announced that long-term care facilities will soon be required to test all of their residents and staff for COVID-19 after initially just urging nursing homes to do so. 

According to Lee’s office on Friday, the Healthcare Facilities Board unanimously approved new rules from the Department of Health that require testing of all long-term care facilities to be completed by June 30. After June, nursing homes must conduct testing on staff at least once a week.

Staff members will be exempt if they have a positive FDA-approved COVID-19 antibody test.