Antigen Testing in Congregate Shelters: Process Outline and Implementation Playbook

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council collaborated with UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative and Kaiser Permanente to provide guidance on COVID-19 screening in congregate shelters.

The Antigen Testing in Congregate Shelters: Process Outline and Implementation Playbook is intended to provide key strategy, planning, and operational considerations for implementing screening testing in congregate shelters to monitor, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks using quick, inexpensive rapid testing solutions that present an alternative to PCR-only testing.

With the use of this document, local health jurisdictions, healthcare service providers, and congregate shelters sites can coordinate to establish first-order strategic questions, operational needs (workflows, outbreak responses, staffing and resourcing needs, training considerations, etc.) and trouble-shooting processes (FAQs, testing quality control) to better protect people experiencing homelessness from the impacts of COVID-19.

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