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The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) issued the following policy recommendations regarding testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the widescale shortages of laboratory supplies and reagents, we strongly urge public health and healthcare professionals to prioritize COVID-19 testing among three specific groups:

  1. Healthcare workers and first responders with COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Older Americans who have symptoms of COVID-19, especially those living in congregate settings.
  3. Individudals who may have other illnesses …read more