COVID-19 Updated Testing Guidance

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Division of Quality Assurance: Assisted Living

Attn: Assisted Living Providers

COVID-19 Updated Testing Guidance

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated Assisted Living COVID-19 Testing Guidance. The guidance was changed to be similar to the testing strategy used in a nursing home. Within the testing guidance you will find several other resources such as:

  • Who to test
  • When to test
  • The collection of samples
  • Reporting requirements
  • Links to apply for a CLIA Certificate/Waiver
  • Testing recommendations
  • Outbreak management and many more

Testing Supplies
Ordering of testing supplies based on your level of community transmission can be placed through the ordering website.

Community Transmission Routine Testing Frequency:
Low (blue), testing not recommended
Moderate (yellow), test once a week*
Substantial (orange), test twice a week*
High (red), test twice a week*
*Vaccinated staff do not need to be routinely tested

If you are using BinaxNow rapid antigen tests, results must be reported according to State and Federal requirements. See Reporting Guidance Document for information on how to report your results.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the COVID Testing Task Force at