NYC DOHMH Alert Makes Recommendations on Home Care Staff COVID Testing

Situation Report | October 19, 2020

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) has issued a Health Alert on COVID-19 diagnostic testing and screening recommendations for people who live or work in New York City (NYC), including recommendations for home care staff testing.

The following recommendations are in the Alert: 

  • Individuals living or working in areas with increased COVID-19 activity (see the maps here) should be tested immediately if they have not had a positive test within the last 90 days.
  • Home health aides/paraprofessionals in all of NYC, taking into account possible exposures and risk factors for COVID-19, should be tested monthly.  
  • Other home care agency staff (not listed separately in the guidance) should also be tested monthly if they are in areas of NYC that are experiencing increased COVID-19 activity. 
  • Home care agencies should offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing to individuals in all of NYC who have COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to someone with COVID-19
  • Home care agencies should offer monthly COVID-19 screening to individuals in all of NYC who are without symptoms who may have an increased risk for exposure or exposing others.
  • For all individuals in NYC who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic after recovery, re-testing is not recommended within 90 days of the date of symptom onset (or date of the first positive test if they had no symptoms).

At, agencies can enter an address or intersection or click on the map to find out whether your staff are in a New York State-designated COVID-19 zone, and get informed about the proper precautions to take for specific activities.