CDC revises guidance for COVID-19 testing

(ROCKWALL, TX) – August 28, 2020 – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who do not show signs of COVID-19 do not necessarily need to be tested. The CDC has modified testing guidance.

The modified guidance includes:

  • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms:
    • You do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.
    • You should monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should evaluate yourself under the considerations set forth above.
    • You should strictly adhere to CDC mitigation protocols, especially if you are interacting with a vulnerable individual. You should also adhere to CDC guidelines to protect vulnerable individuals with whom you live.
  • If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with someone known to have a COVID-19 infection:
    • You do not need a test.
      • If you decide to be tested, you should self-isolate at home until your test results are known, and then adhere to your health care provider’s advice. This does not apply to routine screening or surveillance testing at work, school, or similar situations.
      • A negative test does not mean you will not develop an infection from the close contact or contract an infection at a later time.

Submitted press release by the City of Rockwall, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 




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