Many people are wondering about testing for the novel coronavirus.
On Thursday, March 5th, Oregon Health Authority sent out this information:
Today, the CDC expanded testing guidance to give clinicians more discretion to determine whether to seek testing for COVID-19 for patients. That guidance encourages clinicians to use their judgment in deciding whether a patient has signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and whether that patient needs to be tested.
OHA is adapting the new CDC guidance by encouraging clinicians to pursue COVID-19 testing when evaluation of hospitalized patients who test negative for influenza indicates likelihood of viral pneumonia. OHA guidance will also provide a streamlined process for clinicians to request a test from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.
View the OHA Testing Flyer for more information.