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COVID-19: Information for Laboratories

This page provides information about regulatory issues related to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 for clinical and public health laboratories.


The United States is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by coronavirus disease that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 190 countries internationally, and all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. The virus has been named “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2”) and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (“COVID-19”).

California is actively working with the White House, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments and health jurisdictions, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to protect Californians from COVID-19.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is providing information, guidance documents, and technical support to local health departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, universities, colleges, and childcare facilities across California.

For general information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control's webpage and the California COVID-19 webpage, where you can find daily updates with information about COVID-19, including numbers in California, news releases and updates, and guidelines for the general public.

The California Testing Task Force webpage provides information about testing, including how to locate a testing center and technical information about testing, as well as a dashboard with testing data.

Unfortunately, scammers are operating unauthorized fake COVID-19 testing sites. Visit the California Attorney General’s website and the Federal Trade Commission website for information and tips. Any facility where clinical testing (including COVID testing) is performed is considered under federal and state law to be a clinical laboratory, and is required to have both California state licensure and federal CLIA certification to perform tests in California. To verify a laboratory’s state licensure, check the LFS laboratory facility licensure verification webpage. Federal CLIA certification can be verified on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website under the “demographic look-up” tab. You can also email for further questions about licensure.​

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Visit our COVID-19 FAQ's webpage to find answers to frequently asked questions.

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