• Alex Lipovtsev

NYC DOHMH Alert #38: COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing/Screening for People Who Live/Work in NYC

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October 14, 2020

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a health alert which contains new recommendations on who should be tested for COVID-19 and how often to offer screening tests for COVID-19 to people in New York City.


Additional highlights:

  • Certain areas of the city are experiencing increased COVID-19 activity. Individuals living or working in those areas who have not had a positive test within the last 90 days should be tested immediately.

  • Offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing to individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to someone with COVID-19.

  • Offer periodic COVID-19 screening to individuals without symptoms who may have an increased risk for exposure or exposing others. Use the table at the end of this alert to help decide frequency of screening.

  • Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 should be performed using a nucleic acid amplification (NAA) or antigen-based test with emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Screening for COVID-19 should be done using a NAA test, except in specific situations described below.

  • For individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic after recovery, re-testing is not recommended within 90 days of the date of symptom onset (or date of first positive test if they had no symptoms).


Please refer to Health Alert #38 for additional information.

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