Do Testing Sites Have To Report All The Data Provided To Me During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
COVID-19Common questionDo testing sites have to report all the data provided to me during the COVID-19 pandemic?Yes, testing sites must report all of the 18 required data elements per the June 4 HHS Guidance. The CARES Act is federal law and laboratories must comply with the guidance for laboratory reporting. Please email any questions related to CMS enforcement of the new rule to LabExcellence@cms.hhs.gov.
People without symptoms and without known exposure to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine while awaiting screening test results. If a person tests positive on a screening test and is referred for a confirmatory test, they should quarantine until they receive the results of their confirmatory test.
Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Home tests will miss some infections and in rare cases mistakenly indicate an infection. One popular test misses around 15 out of 100 infections — these are called “false negatives” — and gives a false positive result in about 1 in 100 people who aren't infected.
How Accurate Are At-Home COVID Tests? What to Know - NBC Chicago
Risks to a patient of a false negative test result include: delayed or lack of supportive treatment, lack of monitoring of infected individuals and their household or other close contacts for symptoms resulting in increased risk of spread of COVID-19 within the community, or other unintended adverse events.
CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel - Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet
Will my medical and personal information be keep private if I have COVID-19 discussions with the health department?
Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your health care provider.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communication Toolkit for Health Departments