Please refer to the below guidance from our Colusa County Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Burt, as we try to maintain testing supplies due to the nationwide shortage.
Asymptomatic patients require no testing.
Asymptomatic patients who had "contact" with a patient with COVID-19 require no testing.
Symptomatic patients with risk factors may be offered testing as determined by the treating provider. These tests will go to a commercial laboratory.
Please refer to the CDC website: Criteria to Guide Evaluation and Laboratory Testing for COVID-19.
CDC criteria include considering epidemiologic factors such as documented COVID-19 infections in a community and known community transmission. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness (e.g., influenza).
Currently only the following patients are being tested through Colusa County Public Health and the Sacramento Public Health Lab:
Heath Care Workers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), or other first responders who are symptomatic with fever and respiratory symptoms unexplained by other testing, e.g. negative influenza test.
Patients requiring hospitalization with respiratory symptoms unexplained by other testing.