By Submitted Story on June 9, 2020
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is releasing updated guidance for doctors and clinicians on who should be tested for COVID-19.
North Carolina is focused on rapidly increasing testing of people who may not currently have symptoms, but may have been exposed to COVID-19, especially people from historically marginalized populations who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. To support testing in populations being hit hardest by COVID-19, NCDHHS also has a new resource available, COVID-19 Community Testing in Historically Marginalized Populations: Best Practices.
The guidance recommends that clinicians conduct or arrange for diagnostic COVID-19 testing for:
North Carolina is experiencing increased community transmission of COVID-19. On Saturday, June 6. The state reported its highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,370 cases reported.
NCDHHS has new tools to help people know if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and to find a nearby testing place.
Check My Symptoms (www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms), a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.
Find My Testing Place (www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace), a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.