COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Guidance

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

Clinicians should consider testing any patient with one (1) of the following signs/symptoms with new or worsening onset: 

  • cough
  • 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
  • chills
  • myalgia
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • 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.

For questions related to COVID-19, health care providers can call the NDDoH Division of Disease Control at COVID-19 hotline at 888-391-3430 Sunday through Saturday, 24/7.

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