UPDATES ON COVID TESTING FROM THE STATE OF MISSOURI
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The following update was sent from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services:
Missouri PCR Testing Update for Providers
The Department of Health and Senior Services would like to notify Missouri health care providers of changes in guidance due to expanded COVID-19 testing availability within the state. The testing landscape has shifted significantly in the past eight weeks, and through partnerships with private laboratories, we encourage testing of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. DHSS does not need to approve testing when performed outside of the State Public Health Laboratory. See the attached or visit this link to read this full guidance. file:///D:/Users/mzhuhnv/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/EQF24OS6/Missouri%20PCR%20Testing%20Update%20for%20Providers.pdf
Serological Testing Quick Facts for Providers
· There are multiple antibody tests for COVID-19 with variable performance.
· At this time, it is not clear which antibody responses are protective or sustained.
· Antibody tests should not be used as the sole test for diagnostic decisions.
· Until more is known about protective immunity, serology results should not be used to make staffing decisions or decisions regarding the need for PPE.
See the attached or visit this link to read this in full. file:///D:/Users/mzhuhnv/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/EQF24OS6/Serological%20Testing%20Quick%20Facts%20for%20Providers.pdf