COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Guidance
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to recommend that clinicians use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Health care providers should not turn patients away for COVID-19 testing who have upper or lower respiratory illness. Collection kits are available for order from the NDDoH at http://www.ndhealth.gov/microlab/Lab/.
Clinicians should consider testing any patient with one (1) of the following signs/symptoms with new or worsening onset:
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
Two (2) of the following signs/symptoms with new or worsening onset:
- fever (measured or subjective)
- runny nose
- sore throat
- loss of taste and/or smell
Providers should use their discretion to test patients for COVID-19.
Patients may be asymptomatic and still test positive for COVID-19.
Close contacts to COVID-19 cases that have symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.