Overview of testing for SARS-CoV-2
Advanced Search
Select up to three search categories and corresponding keywords using the fields to the right. Refer to the Help section for more detailed instructions.

Search our Collections & Repository

All these words:

For very narrow results

This exact word or phrase:

When looking for a specific result

Any of these words:

Best used for discovery & interchangable words

None of these words:

Recommended to be used in conjunction with other fields



Publication Date Range:


Document Data


Document Type:






Clear All

Query Builder

Query box

Clear All

For additional assistance using the Custom Query please check out our Help Page



Up-to-date Information

Up-to-Date Info: To find the latest CDC information on this topic go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Overview of testing for SARS-CoV-2

Filetype[PDF-456.19 KB]

  • English

  • Details:

    • Description:
      Updated Aug. 24, 2020

      Note: This document is intended to provide guidance on the appropriate use of testing among nursing home residents and healthcare personnel and does not dictate the determination of payment decisions or insurance coverage of such testing, except as may be otherwise referenced (or prescribed) by another entity or federal or state agency.

      his document provides a summary of considerations and current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding SARS-CoV-2 testing. The CDC recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 testing have been developed based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

      Changes noted were made in a retired document, “Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” which has been replaced by this Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2. See more changes.

    • Content Notes:
      Recommendations for Viral Testing, Specimen Collection, and Reporting -- Recommendations for Antibody Testing -- Categories for SARS-CoV-2 Testing -- Recommended testing for individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 -- Recommended testing for asymptomatic individuals with known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to control transmission -- Recommended testing for asymptomatic individuals without known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 exposure for early identification in special settings -- Recommended testing to determine resolution of infection with SARS-CoV-2 -- Public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 -- Additional Resources -- Summary of Changes to Retired Document, “Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”.
    • Document Type:
    • Place as Subject:
    • Main Document Checksum:
    • File Type:

    Supporting Files

    More +

    You May Also Like

    Checkout today's featured content at stacks.cdc.gov