California Becomes First State in US to Test Asymptomatic Patients for COVID-19
April 22 , 2020
After so many media reports of positive COVID-19 cases of people with no symptoms, California has recommended testing for asymptomatic people who are connected with "high-risk" environments such as hospitals. California Department of Public Health has issued a new guideline on April 19 for the implementation of such testing. The move makes California the first state in the US to widen its guidelines for testing to include asymptomatic people. Further, the new guidelines from the CDPH also say that such testing should be prioritized along with already hospitalized patients and health care workers. The previous guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were to test high-risk patients with symptoms.