Patients with positive results from either PCR or antigen testing are reportable to public health. Laboratories are to report both PCR and antigen positive results. Providers need to report within one business day all cases with positive antigen tests that will not be reported by laboratories.
Providers should report hospitalized patients, deaths, and any suspect or confirmed cases who are homeless or living in congregate living settings within one business day to (714) 834-8180. Clinical laboratories are routinely reporting COVID-19 positive test results to HCA.
Any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be tested as soon as symptoms develop. Providers are particularly recommended to emphasize testing of high priority groups as defined by the CDC. This includes:
- Hospitalized patients
- Symptomatic healthcare workers
- Symptomatic residents and staff of congregate living facilities including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living sites, and correctional facilities.
- Health professionals who wish to receive OC Health Care Agency (HCA) provider advisories can register HERE.
- HCA can assist with testing these highest risk groups if other laboratory testing options are not available. Please call (714) 834-8180 for more information.
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