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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.

COVID-19 Testing Notification: The Department of Public Health requires ALL California licensed laboratories currently testing for COVID-19 notify us.  This includes clinics and sites conducting only waived tests. needs information about California laboratories currently testing for COVID-19. You must fill out this notification form to submit your laboratory’s information.


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.

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