04/20/2020: Lab Update: COVID-19 Laboratory Testing and Reporting Q&As and Specimen Collection Guidance

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Update

COVID-19 Laboratory Testing and Reporting Q&As and Specimen Collection Guidance

CDC has updated the questions and answers (Q&As) about COVID-19 testing for laboratories. The revised document provides clinical and public health laboratories with updated guidance for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing and reporting. CDC has also updated the COVID-19 specimen collection guidance. The revised document clarifies specimen collection procedures for all swab types and aligns with other respiratory disease specimen collection guidelines.

Online resources:

Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LOCS@cdc.gov

www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs

Page last reviewed: April 20, 2020