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COVID-19: CDC Reverses Testing Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 18 reversed its testing guidelines to clarify that asymptomatic people should be tested.

The agency previously stated that asymptomatic people who had been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 did not need to be tested unless they were a vulnerable individual. The new guidance emphasizes that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 must quickly be identified and tested to prevent asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission.

The agency also announced a new semiweekly publication, COVID-19 Science Update, an aggregation of COVID-19 studies curated by CDC scientists. These updates — which include a brief summary of each study’s key findings, methods, and implications — are published every Tuesday and Friday.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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