• State Update

HHSC Update: COVID-19 Test Results from Tests Taken More Than 14 Days Ago

Guidance for Facilities Who Receive COVID-19 Test Results from Tests Taken More Than 14 Days Ago

If they receive a positive test:

  • Consider the resident as recovered if they meet either CDC testing or signs/symptoms criteria

  • The resident is considered infectious from 2 days before symptom onset until the time that they qualify to discontinue isolation (see discontinuation of isolation recommendations for healthcare and non-healthcare settings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-hospitalized-patients.html)

  • If anyone at the facility had close contact with the resident during their infectious period, then they need to be quarantined for 14 days after their last contact that occurred during the infectious period

  • If there are no additional positives through testing or signs and symptoms, return to routine operations.

  • Consider re-testing based on environment and situation.

If the resident tested negative and has been asymptomatic, then the resident may be treated as without COVID-19.