Residential Practice in COVID


The ability to test reliably and quickly is key to containing any pandemic. Without reliable testing with quick results, it is impossible to identify who is positive and work to isolate them effectively from the rest of the residential community. As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, so did the availability and accessibility of viral testing for a current infection. Although there also exists an antibody test, which may suggest whether an individual had a previous infection, too little is known about these at this point; they should not be utilized as part of testing in a residential setting. 

COVID-19 testing currently includes viral and rapid tests, the latter of which has emerging efficacy and has recently become a reliable source for clinical decision-making. The DCD recommends that regardless of whether an individual tests positive or negative (no matter the test type), they should still take precautions to protect themselves and others by wearing appropriate PPE, washing hands, avoiding close contact with others, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting, as well as monitoring their own health. Because updates are constantly provided, please refer to the CDC website for guidelines around testing, as well as your state and city governmental oversight agencies.

Attachments: TBD on inclusion, possibly just link to CDC website

Testing for COVID-19 (CDC)
Test for Current Infection (CDC)
CDC Guidelines for Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease (CDC)
Interpreting Testing (CDC)