NYC Health Department Updates Guidance on COVID Testing

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On June 2, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued Health Advisory #18 which recommends that all New Yorkers receive testing for COVID-19 regardless of whether or not they present symptoms or are considered to be at an increased risk for the virus. This is a change from prior guidance which recommended prioritizing testing among those at risk and those presenting symptoms. The Department explained that, as NYC begins to reopen and the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decrease, routine testing of all individuals will help stop the spread of COVID-19. As such, all individuals that seek medical care for any reason should be offered the test.

In addition, repeat tests should be offered when: (i) the patient has COVID-19 symptoms; (ii) the patient is concerned about COVID-19 exposure (e.g., if they spent time in large crowds, failed to adhere to social distancing and face mask rules, or were exposed to confirmed or possible COVID-19 cases); (iii) the patient works in a residential congregate setting (e.g., a nursing home or shelter); or (iv) the patient plans to visit someone at a high risk for COVID-19 (e.g., individuals over the age of 65 or with serious underlying conditions). If someone had a prior positive test for COVID-19, repeat testing should be avoided unless clinically indicated or recommended by public health guidance, based on the fact that the virus is non-transmissible after a certain infectious period.

It is also recommended that healthcare providers encourage their patients to find free testing locations near them and to share test results with their providers.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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