Testing for COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19 should be done only if a licensed healthcare provider determines it is necessary and based on symptoms and patient history. The healthcare provider must provide an order for a test to be conducted.

These are the priorities for COVID-19 testing:

  • Hospitalized patients whose results help determine their care, including the degree of infection control
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities, who have signs and symptoms
  • Those who are at higher risk for severe infection, including the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions
  • Residents and staff of correctional facilities and similar settings
  • Healthcare personnel with signs and symptoms

Those who fall in these categories and have mild symptoms should contact their health care provider by phone to discuss the need for testing. 

 

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