Updated Guidance on Evaluation and Testing Persons for COVID-19
This Health Alert is to advise regarding:
- increased COVID-19 lab testing options
- modified recommendations for COVID-19 laboratory testing.
One of our highest priorities is to increase COVID-19 testing to identify as many
persons currently infected with COVID-19 virus, so these persons can be isolated, and their contacts quarantined.
Testing pipelines are opening wider by the day but supply chain issues could arise,
including: nasopharyngeal swabs, viral transport media, personal protective equipment (PPE) for those collecting the N-P swabs, and lab reagents required for extraction, processing, and testing.
Additional testing capacity is expected to evolve soon as companies with an installed platform base (e.g.s, Cepheid and Biofire) move to COVID-19 testing on their systems.
Public health welcomes and encourages additional testing capacity to fulfill our goal to test persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection. Read more.