NC substantially eases COVID-19 testing rules

By on May 15, 2020

(North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)

On May 15, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) issued updated guidance today on who should be tested for COVID-19. The new guidance recommends that clinicians test any patient in whom COVID-19 is suspected.

The new guidance recommends clinicians ensure the following populations have access to testing, regardless of symptoms:

  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
  • Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms
  • Persons who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp)
  • Persons who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions)
  • Persons who come from historically marginalized populations
  • Health care workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military)
  • Front-line and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain

“We want anyone who needs a test to get one. This is particularly important for those at high-risk for severe illness, those at greatest risk for exposure and those who are being disproportionately impacted by this virus,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.

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  • M

    Please follow this dare county. Please test people. Especially starting next week . Please test

    Friday, May 15 @ 3:18 pm
  • Maria K

    What they should do is to enforce face masks in stores and other businesses. I work in a retail store and only 20% of the customers wore face masks for the past days. i don’t feel safe working in front of them and talking with them. People don’t keep 6ft distance when they ask for assistance. I live with elderly parent and dragging the moment I will bring her this virus from work.

    Friday, May 15 @ 5:36 pm
  • anotherobxman

    @Maria K

    I for one will boycott any store not requiring face masks.

    Saturday, May 16 @ 4:16 pm
  • palmetto rehab

    I think that it is urgent to introduce a mask regime up to huge fines. And I’m sure that I will find support wherever I need. People who go without a mask should be officially equated with killers. After all, it’s one hundred percent likely to catch this infection from an infected person. Perhaps then people will be afraid and relate to this as carefully as possible. Therefore, I believe that it is necessary to tie this up and really issue some effective laws. People have already gone to rallies, maybe enough?

    Monday, May 18 @ 2:45 pm