How to report COVID-19 laboratory data
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How to report COVID-19 laboratory data

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      Updated Apr. 4, 2022

      Effective April 4, 2022, HHS and CDC announced revisions to COVID-19 laboratory reporting guidance.. Reporting of negative results for non-NAAT tests (rapid or antigen test results) is no longer required. However, testing sites must still report data for all positive diagnostic and screening testing completed for each individual test.

      The public health response to COVID-19 depends on comprehensive laboratory testing data. These data will contribute to understanding COVID-19’s impact and testing coverage and can contribute to the identification of supply chain issues for reagents and other materials. The information below outlines reporting requirements for laboratories.

      The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its June 4 implementation guidanceexternal icon require every CLIA certified COVID-19 testing site to report every diagnostic and screening test result (both positive and negative results) performed to detect SARS-CoV-2 or to diagnose a possible case of COVID-19 (e.g., molecular, antigen, antibody) to the appropriate state or local public health department, based on the individual’s residence. Laboratories that currently report directly to CDC should continue sending these data to CDC.

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      Who must report -- What to report -- Using Standard Terminology -- Assistance with Electronic Reporting -- FAQs.
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