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NYC DOHMH Advisory #37: All Point-of-Care COVID-19 Test Results Must be Reported Electronically


September 18, 2020

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a health advisory with information that pertains to point-of-care (POC) SARS-CoV-2 tests performed at sites that hold a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver where patient care is provided.

Additional highlights:

  • Facilities that perform point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 testing (including nucleic acid amplification [NAA], antigen, and antibody tests) are required to report all results (e.g., positive, negative, and indeterminate) via the New York State (NYS) Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS).

  • Providers must inquire regarding patients’ school, employment, and local address information when performing COVID-19 tests and include such information in the ECLRS report or lab requisition form.

  • NYS now requires providers licensed by the NYS Department of Health Physician Office Laboratory Evaluation Program to report influenza test results via ECLRS.

  • Contact the NYC Health Department’s ECLRS team ( and the NYS ECLRS Help Desk (866-325-7743 or for assistance.

  • Antigen-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests have limited sensitivity. Negative antigen-based test results may require confirmation with a laboratory-based NAA test.

Please refer to Health Advisory #37 for additional information.


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