Coronavirus Resource and News Center

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In the News

March 30, 2020
Trump Administration Engages America’s Hospitals in Unprecedented Data Sharing

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

March 27, 2020
The CARES Act Provides Temporary, but Not Immediate Relief to Clinical Laboratories

Join the Next Clinical Laboratory COVID-19 Response Weekly Call on Monday, March 30 at 3:00 PM EDT

March 26, 2020
Senate Passes Stimulus Package with Relief for Clinical Laboratories

CMS Issues CLIA Guidance and FAQs for Laboratories During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020
URGENT: NILA Members Call Your Senators Today

March 23, 2020
CDC Weekly Call with Clinical Labs Audio and Transcript

March 21, 2020
CDC Posts New Standard Operating Procedure for Creating Viral Transport Media

Discontinue Use of the A549/MV1LU Mix for Respiratory Viral Culture Panels and Review Updated Biosafety FAQs

March 20, 2020
NILA's COVID-19 Stimulus Request Letter to Capitol Hill

Supplies Needed for COVID-19 Testing

March 19, 2020
CDC to Convene Clinical Laboratory COVID-19 Response Weekly Calls Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

March 17, 2020
Change to Result Interpretation for CDC EUA Assay

March 15, 2020
Lab Advisory: Updated Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 14, 2020
Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020
FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2

March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Lab Letter to Vice President (PDF)

March 10, 2020
CDC Updated Guidance on Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FDA releases FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance For Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

March 9, 2020
Coronavirus testing rollout marred by confusion and false starts (Yahoo! News)

March 6, 2020
Federal Register Notice Regarding Policy For Labs Performing Coronavirus Tests

Virus Testing Questions Remain After HHS Briefs House

March 5, 2020
CMS Announces New HCPCS Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests

Lawmakers introduce legislation to expand nation’s diagnostic testing capabilities

Proper Handwashing Technique

Senator Murray's (D-WA) Letter to Vice President Mike Pence

March 4, 2020
COVID-19 Public Health Reporting for Laboratories that Develop or Use Laboratory Developed Tests with Intent to Obtain EUA

CMS Memo on Suspension of Survey Activities

March 2, 2020
FDA Guidance to Develop Novel Molecular Diagnostic Tests for SARS-CoV-2

Laboratory Biosafety COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

February 27, 2020
Criteria to Guide Evaluation of Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

February 25, 2020
Update: Public Health Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

February 24, 2020
Public Health Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

February 21, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Biosafety and COVID-19

February 18, 2020 (from CRB)
Important FDA Notification Regarding Coronavirus

February 12, 2020
Lab Update: Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

February 12, 2020 (from NILA)
CMS Update On Coronavirus Assay

February 8, 2020
Lab Update: Updated Information about the Emergency Use Authorization for the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel

February 7, 2020
Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus

February 5, 2020
Lab Update: Information about Emergency Use Authorization for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel

February 1, 2020
Lab Alert: Updated Specimen Submission Information for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

January 29, 2020
Lab Advisory: Published Assay Information for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

January 22, 2020
The Basics: What We Know — and Don’t Know — About the Virus Spreading in China and Beyond

January 20, 2020
Lab Advisory: Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China