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Parker conducts twice-weekly COVID-19 testing for staff

New Hyde Park, New York, June 1, 2020 – Parker Jewish Institute is testing staff twice a week  for COVID-19, per the most recent New York State Department of Health guidelines.

Streamlining the process for the convenience of staff, and to ensure the highest degree of quality control, Parker clinicians are administering the tests onsite. Parker converted its auditorium – ordinarily reserved for festive celebrations and performances or for meetings and conferences – into a COVID testing site during the pandemic.

Under new DOH requirements, all employee must be tested twice a week. Those working fewer than three days a week are required to be tested once weekly. Staff working from home, or who  are on leave, or otherwise not at the same site as residents need not be tested if they remain offsite.

Bringing along their health insurance cards, Parker employees can be tested onsite on weekdays and Saturdays. Any employee who chooses to be tested elsewhere must show documentation that they are meeting the new state mandate. Those who fail to comply are suspended from duty, without pay. Parker is assuming the cost of testing for employees whose insurance denies the coverage.

All employees are advised of test results, which are also delivered to Parker’s Human Resources and Employee Health Services to ensure compliance. All results remain secure and confidential. Anyone who tests positive for the virus is notified by a member of Parker’s HR team and furloughed for 14 days from the first positive test. 

“Parker remains ever-vigilant in testing to help protect against a resurgence of this relentless virus,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s president and CEO. “And by testing onsite, Parker is making it easier for our employees to meet these Department of Health requirements.”

Contact: Lina Scacco, (718) 289-2212 or lscacco@parkerinstitute.org

About Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, which has earned the Center for Medicare & Medicaid 5 Star Quality rating, is headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York. The facility is a leading provider of Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and technology, the Institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features its own medical department, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Medical House Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.