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03/26/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2020 16:42

The Truth About COVID-19 Testing

Updated March 26, 2020.

COVID-19 testing, its importance, its availability, and its efficacy is perhaps the most talked about aspect of coronavirus among Americans. And while various community transmission mitigation tactics are being employed in regions across the country, including stay home mandates, bans on public congregations, and travel restrictions, many public health experts and scientists agree that widespread availability of testing for COVID-19 would aid efforts in more accurately tracking the virus' spread. However, COVID-19 testing efforts in the U.S. are still in their infancy. This means One Medical, alongside most healthcare organizations, are actively navigating the current challenges faced by providers who want to test the most high-risk patients: limited test supplies, limited lab capacity to process testing, and limited quantities of PPE (personal protective equipment), such as masks, gowns and gloves which are required when caring for potential coronavirus patients.

But, where there is a will, there is a way! And we are finding it. While all American healthcare workers are collectively facing this challenge head-on, One Medical's patient care teams are more determined than ever to deliver essential care to those who need it most. So, we are conducting testing at locations across the country and are moving quickly to evolve our testing protocols and plans in response to new information, new supply and equipment availability, new testing technologies, and updated guidance from the CDC, WHO and local departments of public health.

Below is everything you need to know about One Medical's philosophy and approach to COVID-19 testing.