03/31/2020: Lab Advisory: Updated Clinical Guidance on Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Updated April 1, 2020

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

Updated Clinical Guidance on Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

CDC recently issued updated clinical guidance for evaluating and testing persons for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This LOCS message is intended to share the recently updated guidance with clinical laboratories that might be asked to perform COVID-19 testing.

The guidance reflects two modifications:

  • Updated priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, presented in a printable PDFpdf icon
  • Reorganized Criteria to Guide Evaluation and Laboratory Testing for COVID-19

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 1, 2020