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Press Statement Statement on the start of testing by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory for COVID-19

2/28/2020
  • Department of Public Health
  • Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences

Media Contact for Statement on the start of testing by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory for COVID-19

Ann Scales, Director of Media Relations

“We are pleased that the US Food and Drug Administration has now given approval to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory to begin testing patients for COVID-19, in accordance with guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means clinicians who have patients they think may have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who meet the current CDC definition of a Person Under Investigation can contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to discuss their patients and receive authorization to submit specimens for testing. This change is good news for Massachusetts as testing at the State Public Health Laboratory will speed up obtaining test results for Persons Under Investigation and expedite ongoing testing of any confirmed case in recovery.” – Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

On background:

  • There has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and that case is showing positive signs of recovery. 
  • Clinicians who have patients they think may have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must contact DPH via the EPI line (617-983-6800).
  • The state lab has received an adequate supply of test kits from the CDC to begin testing.
  • The anticipated turnaround of test results from the state lab will take 24 hours, depending on testing volume.
  • Individuals who are in voluntary self-quarantine continue to be monitored by the local boards of health.
  • DPH will release updated statewide monitoring data weekly, beginning Wednesday, March 4.

Media Contact for Statement on the start of testing by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory for COVID-19

Department of Public Health 

DPH promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people.

Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences 

BIDLS tracks, tests for, and combats infectious disease. We educate people in Massachusetts about preventing the spread of disease and improve the quality of life of all residents.
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