New portal for reporting COVID lab results
The VDH has developed a reporting portal for point-of-care (POC) COVID-19 test results. This portal will assist testing sites in meeting the requirement of the CARES Act to report every diagnostic and screening test. All COVID-19 test results should be reported to VDH within 24-hours.
CDC interim guidance for rapid antigen testing
Antigen tests are commonly used in the diagnosis of respiratory infections. To date, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for four antigen tests that can identify COVID-19. Antigen tests are relatively inexpensive and can be used at the point-of-care. The currently authorized devices return results in approximately 15 minutes.
VDH updated guidance for COVID testing
VDH released updated guidance for COVID-19 testing on September 14, 2020. The guidance provides recommendations on testing prioritization through public health and through private and commercial laboratories.
VDH algorithm for evaluating a child with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure
VDH released a new algorithm to assist parents and guardians, schools and childcare facilities, and healthcare providers for when a child should be excluded from the facility, when care and further evaluation for COVID-19 should be pursued, and when the child can return to the school or childcare facility.