State updates COVID-19 testing guidelines

From Local Sources

The Indiana State Department of Health has issued updated testing guidelines for COVID-19.

Testing swabs and viral transport medium remain in short supply across the country. According to a Dubois County Health Department press release, ISDH will continue to focus on testing the highest-risk patients to provide a fast turnaround time.

Most people with mild symptoms do not need to be tested and should follow the self-isolation guidelines established by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ISDH supplies all the needed collection materials to providers and will not accept a specimen that has not been approved prior to collection.

The latest guidelines are as follows:

1. Patient requiring hospitalization with fever and lower respiratory symptoms, constituting:

• Admission to the hospital due to complications of their acute respiratory illness.

2. Healthcare workers (impatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long-term service facilities) and EMS staff who provide direct patient care to at risk patients:

• Symptomatic with fever and lower respiratory symptoms and in their role has potential or unknown exposure to at risk patients.

3. Long-term care facility residents or prison/jail residents and staff (who have direct contact with patients or inmates):

• Symptomatic with fever and respiratory illness or otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.

4. Persons experiencing homelessness:

• Symptomatic with fever and respiratory illness and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact.




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