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19 January 2023

Mass testing for Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2 infection concept: Several rapid antigen test kits. One kit in the middle showing a positive result

Policy

Can we still do asymptomatic testing. Here’s the latest guidance.

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Can we still do asymptomatic testing. Here’s the latest guidance.

The bottom line: CLIA waived testing sites can continue to use molecular and antigen point-of-care (POC) tests on asymptomatic individuals per guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The fine print:

  • CMS will not cite Fire/EMS agencies (or other facilities) with a CLIA Certificate of Waiver when authorized SARS-CoV-2 molecular or antigen POC tests are performed on asymptomatic individuals outside of the test’s authorization.
  • This guidance does not impact Fire/EMS agencies that are distributing antigen OTC tests to community members.

Testing of asymptomatic individuals or distribution of test kits to asymptomatic individuals continues to be a beneficial strategy to prevent the spread or outbreak of disease. For agencies enrolled in WA COVID-19, we recommend the continued administration or distribution of COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic community members.

Contact us if you have questions about this policy update.

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