Protocol for COVID-19 Testing

June 4, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 5, 2020

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) issued an updated interim guidance on protocol for COVID-19 testing, which is applicable to all health care providers and local health departments.

To support the statewide coordinated testing prioritization, health care providers should take the following prioritization into consideration when ordering a COVID-19 test:

  1. Symptomatic individuals, particularly if the individual is part of a high-risk population, including persons who are hospitalized; persons residing in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or other congregate care settings; persons who have a compromised immune system; persons who have an underlying health condition; and persons who are 70 years of age or older.
  2. Individuals less than 21 years of age who have symptoms consistent with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is also known as Pediatric Multi- System Inflammatory Syndrome.
  3. Individuals requiring a COVID-19 test for medical care, including being tested prior to an elective surgery or procedure, or individuals who are pregnant and their designated support person.
  4. Individuals who have had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19.
  5. Individuals who are subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine.
  6. Individuals who are employed as health care workers, first responders, or in any position within a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate care setting.
  7. Individuals who are employed as essential employees who directly interact with the public while working.
  8. Individuals who are employed by an essential business (e.g. food production, medical supply manufacturing) or any business that has been designated to “reopen” in certain regions of the state (e.g. construction, curbside/in-store pickup retail, wholesale trade).
  9. Individuals who present with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing, or other criteria set forth by NYS DOH (e.g. place of residence, occupation).
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