COVID-19 Testing Protocols


On April 26, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) updated their protocols for COVID-19 testing prioritization. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) has provided excerpts of the sections applicable to personal assistants (PAs) who work in CONSUMER-DIRECTED PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES.   


To support the statewide coordinated testing prioritization, health care providers should take the following prioritization into consideration when ordering a COVID-19 test:  

  1. Symptomatic individuals, particularly if the individual is part of a high-risk population, including persons who are hospitalized; persons residing in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or other congregate care settings; persons who have a compromised immune system; persons who have an underlying health condition; and persons who are 70 years of age or older.  
  2. Individuals who have had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19.  
  3. Individuals who are employed as health care workers, first responders, or in any position within a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate care setting, including Health Care Practitioners, Professionals, AIDES, and Support Staff (e.g. Physicians, Nurses, Public Health Personnel)  

[In addition, ten other categories of first responders, medical personnel and public servants are covered.] 

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING ACCESS: Individuals who fit these prioritization categories and do not currently have access to testing can call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website to be screened for eligibility, and if eligible, have an appointment set up at one of the State’s Testing Sites.   


Full information is updated on the DOH website:  

Link to guidance on revised testing protocol that is more detailed is found at: