CDC Categories of COVID-19 Testing

  • Testing individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19

  • Testing asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to control transmission

  • Testing asymptomatic individuals without known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 for early identification in special settings

  • Testing to determine resolution of infection

  • Public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2


*Ultimate decisions about testing are made by state and local external health departments or healthcare providers – the goal of testing is to monitor and limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (public safety)