Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally, including in California. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The California Medical Association (CMA) has compiled the following resources for physicians and health care providers on the latest news, research and developments.


Specimen Collection and Testing

COVID-19 is a notifiable condition that should be reported to your local health department immediately if either suspected or confirmed. 

Public Health Departments in California (CDPH)

Public Health Labs Testing for COVID-19 (CDPH, 3/11/2020)

FAQs on COVID-19 Testing at Laboratories (CDC 3/10/2020)

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC 3/9/2020)

FAQs for Diagnostic Tools and Virus (CDC 3/1/2020)

Laboratory Testing Fact Sheet for Patients (CDC 2/4/2020)

Laboratory Testing Fact Sheet for Health Care Professionals (CDC 2/4/2020)

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