This document shows a decision tree for COVID-19 testing for patients who are in the ED or who have been admitted for less than or equal to 3 days. The decision for COVID-19 testing should be based on clinical judgment. Prior to testing for COVID-19, the Infection Prevention team recommends ruling out other potential causes of the patient's clinical condition including influenza or other non-influenza viral illnesses (as applicable). If the aforementioned tests are negative or if the clinical picture is not explained by a non-influenza pathogen, it is appropriate to proceed with COVID-19 testing. Updated 04.17.20
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