Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19 and your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Testing does not change an individual’s treatment or outcome. Individuals who have mild symptoms that otherwise would not cause them to seek healthcare should stay at home and away from others.
To determine how long you should stay home and away from others if you have, or think you have, COVID-19, visit ‘Release from Isolation’ guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Public health and healthcare professionals should prioritize testing at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory (ASPHL) among three specific groups:
- Healthcare workers, first responders, and employer-identified critical infrastructure personnel with COVID-19 symptoms
- Individuals living in congregate settings or children in foster care with symptoms of COVID-19
- Individuals hospitalized with respiratory symptoms
Healthy individuals do not require testing. These individuals should practice physical distancing and follow the recommendations of their local and state public health authorities. Critical infrastructure personnel are based on the CISA Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Emergency Services, Energy, Nuclear, Water.