Testing Guidance

Testing Information for COVID-19 Positive Patients

Blanket orders must be given by healthcare providers to all patients being tested for COVID-19 or who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19 without testing BEFORE they leave the health care facility.


Prioritizing Patients for Testing

Setting Up Testing Sites

Testing Referrals

Providers who are not offering testing can refer their patients who need testing to our Testing for COVID-19 page where they can find testing locations near them.

Testing at Commercial Laboratories

Large commercial laboratories and other non-public health referral laboratories are offering COVID-19 testing. Providers should send specimens to these laboratories. ACPHD approval is NOT REQUIRED for testing done at commercial laboratories. According to the California Department of Public Health, a CDC PUI number or COVID-19 ID number is also not required for testing at these facilities.

Testing at Alameda County Public Health Laboratory

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