12/07/2020: Lab Update: CDC Updates SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing Guidance

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Update

On December 5, 2020, CDC updated the Interim Guidance for Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Web page. Refer to this guidance for more detailed updates:

  • A new section on the processing of antigen tests – this section reflects on lessons learned and provides guidance on how to minimize the risk of false results
  • A revised section on evaluating the results of antigen tests – this section introduces a new antigen testing algorithm and reiterates the need to implement confirmatory testing in certain circumstances

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If you have any questions, please contact us at LOCS@cdc.gov.

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