Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Laboratories

Yes. Screening results are a specific person’s test results, whereas surveillance results are reported in aggregate, or as de-identified individual reports.

Screening testing results are reported to the persons whose specimens were tested or to their healthcare provider or employer. In addition, screening testing results (positive and negative) must be reported to the local, state, tribal, or territory health department.

By contrast, surveillance testing results cannot be reported to the persons whose specimens have been tested, nor to their healthcare provider or employer. Surveillance testing results also should not be officially reported to the local, state, tribal, or territory health department as diagnostic or screening test results. If a local, state, tribal, or territory health department, or another institution, requests access to the results of surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2, those results may only be reported in aggregate to the requesting institution, and a statement should be included that indicates the data are surveillance testing results that do not represent COVID-19 diagnostic or screening test results.

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