12/11/2020: Lab Update: Guidance for Individuals Who Are Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Update

CDC has developed guidance titled “Three Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result.” CDC requests that testing facilities provide this guidance to individuals who have just been tested for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). The tested individuals should follow three main steps while they wait for their results:

  • Stay home and monitor their health
  • Think about the people they have recently been around
  • Answer the phone call from the health department

Online CDC resources:

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

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