The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has announced new guidelines allowing for expanded testing of COVID-19 throughout the state, but what does this mean for you?
Previous guidelines from ADHS allowed only high-risk patients with specific COVID-19 symptoms to be tested due to a lack of test collection supplies. Thanks to partnerships with laboratories in Arizona such as Sonora Quest, TGen and University of Arizona, there is now more capacity to run these necessary COVID-19 tests.
The new guidelines allow labs to remove restrictions for COVID-19 testing if they have adequate supplies and personal protective equipment available. This means greater access to testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who may have been exposed to the disease. COVID-19 tests can still only be ordered through a medical provider.
ADHS is continuing to partner with private laboratories to increase testing capacity further and has distributed 15 rapid testing machines across the state that can provide results within 15 minutes. The state is working with the federal government to secure more of these rapid testing machines to allow for faster results and better tracking of COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, persistent dry cough and/or body aches, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, schedule a telemedicine appointment today with one of Nod’s infectious disease providers for a convenient and private appointment right from your home. Our infectious disease specialists can provide assessment, treatment and order a COVID-19 test if necessary. Schedule your appointment today!