Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), both PCR and serology, is becoming more readily available at hospitals, academic, commercial, and public health laboratories across California. Governor Newsom and the Testing Task Force are committed to rapidly expanding testing across California, ensuring that more Californians get tested. Expanded testing will help protect all Californians, including racial and ethnic populations known to be disproportionately at risk for severe COVID-19 disease and allow us to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
This interim guidance is intended to support public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories in determining prioritization of specific groups for PCR molecular testing when testing availability is limited.
The guidance will be reassessed weekly based on California's evolving situation and input from stakeholders. The prioritization categories below are suggestions to support sequential expansion of testing availability and should not supersede the recommendations of a clinician or local health officer. As testing capacity increases, testing should expand accordingly at the discretion of the Local Health Officer.