ADPH Expands COVID-19 Testing Criteria

May 11, 2020

The Alabama Department of Public Health has expanded its criteria for COVID-19 testing. The new testing criteria includes:

Widening the conditions to test high-risk people before symptoms appear can lower the risk of transmitting the virus and allow contact tracing to begin earlier, the ADPH said. The added criteria were recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.