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New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. The guidance below enables New York State to prioritize resources to meet the public health need. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.
Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider when:
An individual is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing), particularly if the individual is 70 years of age or older, the individual has a compromised immune system, or the individual has an underlying health condition);
OR, An individual has had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19;
OR, An individual is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine;
OR, An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working;
OR, An individual presents with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing.
OR An individual is included under other criteria set by the NYS Dept. of Health based on an individual’s geographic place of residence, occupation, or other factors that the Department may deem relevant for COVID-19 testing purposes.
OR Any individual who would return to workplace in Phase 1