State announces criteria to test for COVID-19
As of Tuesday, March 10,
with 16 other tests still pending. No cases have been confirmed. State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state has
and at a press conference Tuesday confirmed the state was not rationing test kits, but that there are still criteria for who gets tested.
The first requirement is that a patient show a “clinically compatible illness,” meaning they have a “fever and cough, or shortness of breath,” according to a release from the Department of Health and Social Services. Additionally, they need to meet one of the following criteria as well:
- Had close contact to a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Travelled (not airport transit) within the past 14 days to a location that has a CDC level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice or to a community transmission of COVI-19 is occurring.
- Is hospitalized.
- Lives in a long-term care facility.
- Is a health care worker and tests negative for influenza.
Additionally, Zink recommended calling ahead to your healthcare provider if you feel you need to be tested.