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Should we leave COVID-19 testing to the hospitals and health departments?

This is a business decision, but the better practices are equipped to handle these cases and manage their own patients, the better for everyone. The health departments are currently overwhelmed with handling patients. Independent physicians performing their own testing for their patients provides more flexibility for ordering testing than health department or state labs. It also provides better management of potentially infected patients.

If you decide as a practice to start testing, we would recommend first to connect with your vendor for arranging for supplies and specimen collection technique and processing. LabCorp has resources on their website that cover specimen collection and address questions about testing.

We would also recommend that you consider drive-through testing. This would minimize potential exposures in your office setting. The person performing the specimen collection would need to wear appropriate personal protective equipment—inclusive of mask, gown, gloves, and goggles or face shield.

Some practices are implementing patient self-testing. See one of our member practice’s COVID-19 Toolkits for an example of a patient self-testing process. You can also check the CDC for updated information on testing.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful as you make your decision:

Curi:

LabCorp:  

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All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.