Assuring a rapid and thorough public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates complete and comprehensive laboratory testing data, including standardized test results, relevant demographic details, and additional information that can improve both the public health response to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. These data contribute to understanding disease incidence and trends: initiating epidemiologic case investigations, assisting with contact tracing, assessing availability and use of testing resources, and identifying supply chain issues for reagents and other material. Laboratory testing data, in conjunction with case reports and other data, also provide vital guidance for mitigation and control activities. As the country begins to reopen its doors, access to clear and accurate data is essential to communities and leadership as they use
data to make decisions for a phased reopening. For individuals, access to personal test results improves feelings of safety, security, and awareness, and empowers them to take action, if necessary, to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.

 

 

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