Question: How are negative and positive Covid-19 home tests reported to the CDC? Or are they reported?
Answer: Jasmine Reed, public affairs specialist for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a written reply to this reader's question, that CDC guidance tells people to report their positive self-test results to their health care providers, who are required to report COVID-19 cases to their health department.
This helps ensure those infected know what medical care they need, she said.
"Even though self-test results cannot currently be verified and the government cannot enforce the reporting of self-test results, CDC is actively working with manufacturers of self-tests to improve the capability for reporting of self-test results," Reed's statement said.
She said as of now, many positive self-test results are not counted as cases in CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. But, the CDC is working with state and local health departments to gather and share the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
The majority of COVID-19 testing is laboratory-based or occurs at the point-of-care (POC). Those tests results are required to be reported to public health agencies, Reed said.
"Self-testing does not account for a large proportion of COVID-19 testing," the statement said. "CDC COVID-19 surveillance does not need to count every case to be able to make judgments about the extent or spread of the pandemic."
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