CDC walks back changes in COVID-19 testing guidelines

This morning, ConnectLocal posted an article about recent updates to CDC guidelines, which, as of Monday, no longer recommended viral testing for asymptomatic individuals. This afternoon, CDC officials issued a "clarification' that reversed that guideline update.


Guideline Timeline:


Prior to Monday, Aug 24: The CDC website said testing was recommended “for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the virus that causes COVID-19.


As of Monday, Aug. 24: The CDC website was updated to say that someone who was in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes but didn't have symptoms does not “necessarily need a test."


This afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 27, CDC Director Robert Redfield released a clarification and new guidance that states that those who come in contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 patient can be tested, even if they don’t show symptoms.


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