Updated guidance from Washington State Dept. of Health for COVID-19 testing and management of symptomatic persons
Please see attached updated guidance from Washington State Dept. of Health (DOH) for COVID-19 testing and management of symptomatic persons. Rapidly testing all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is critical to identify and isolate cases, quarantine their contacts, and suppress community spread.
Healthcare providers should test all patients with new onset of symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their age or health status. Healthcare providers should test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and their close contacts even if they are asymptomatic (in certain circumstances, other asymptomatic persons should be tested, see attached guidance). Asymptomatic persons should be tested 48 hours or more after their exposure to a case or suspected case. Symptomatic patients should be tested as soon as possible after seeking care, ideally within 24 hours. It is critical that healthcare providers educate patients that request testing about the need to isolate immediately (even before testing is performed) until results are available (see link to info on isolation).