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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is providing the below guidance as an update to the guidance issued on June 26, 2020, as updated on July 31, 2020, September 18, 2020, October 26, 2020, November 25, 2020 and January 28, 2021. As the Commonwealth – along with the nation – has obtained more data, deepened our scientific understanding of the COVID-19 virus, distributed vaccinations, and contemplated innovative policy options, our guidance continues to evolve.

Revisions are in red text. Facilities that are certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should also continue to follow all relevant CMS guidance available now and in the future.

Visit the DHS website for the DHS’s long-term care guidance. Visit the governor’s website for the most recent mitigation order.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has released updated guidance for visitations and non-medical outings as well as consideration of community transmission. Revisions are in red text.

The term “social distancing” is the practice of increasing the physical space between individuals and decreasing the frequency of contact to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Ideally, at least six feet should be maintained between all individuals, even those who are asymptomatic. The more recent term, physical distancing”, is used to stress the importance of maintaining physical space when in public areas.