COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Reporting Requirements

Provider Reporting
  • All test results (e.g. positive, negative, and inconclusive) for rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests must be reported to public health. 
  • Providers must also report all positive COVID-19 test results for non-point-of-care tests (those sent out to a lab for testing). Test types include any PCR or other molecular assay, antigen, and serology (IgM, IgG, IgA, and total antibody). 
  • COVID-19 results are immediately reportable; therefore, results must be sent to public health within one working day of the results being known or determined. 
Laboratory Reporting
  • All positive, negative, and inconclusive SARS-CoV-2 test results must be reported electronically by laboratories. 
Rapid Test Reporting
  • COVID-19 test results (e.g. positive, negative, and inconclusive), including BinaxNOW and Cue Health tests, are required to be reported. COVID results are immediately reportable; therefore, results must be sent within one workind day of the results being known or determined.
Clinical Research Reporting
  • All positive, negative and inconclusive results for SARS-CoV-2 testing conducted as part of a clinical trial must be reported electronically by the testing laboratory. 
Required components for reporting
  • Name of disease or condition (i.e. COVID-19)
  • Patient’s first name and last name 
  • Patient’s date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • Patient’s sex
  • Patient’s race and ethnicity
  • Patient’s home address* (Address, city, state, zip code) 
  • *If a patient is a student at a university, they should provide their local address at time of testing to ensure the local public health agency where their school is located is properly notified of the result.
  • Patient’s phone number (###-###-####)
  • Ordering healthcare provider’s name, clinic address and clinic phone number
  • Testing lab name (name of testing lab if applicable, or name of facility if doing point of care rapid testing) 
  • Test name/type (PCR, IgM, antigen, etc.)
  • Specimen collection date (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • Specimen type (NP swab, blood, etc.)
  • Test result (positive, negative or inconclusive; including quantitative ranges, if applicable)
  • Accession number (if applicable) 

How to report COVID-19

Option 1: Electronic laboratory reporting (ELR)
  • We accept standard HL7 and flat file formats. 
  • To onboard or for more information, contact cdphe_elr@state.co.us
  • Read our FAQ document on case reporting for facilities that use electronic lab reporting.
Option 2: SimpleReport

SimpleReport: Point-of-Care rapid test reporting tool for testing providers

  • SimpleReport is a fast and free tool developed by CDC and the U.S. Digital Service which makes it easy for you and your testing staff to capture and send point of care test results directly to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 
  • If you are interested in using SimpleReport for your testing program, you can sign up here.
  • As a new organization using SimpleReport, please select “My organization is new to SimpleReport” when signing up.
  • If you have multiple testing facilities or locations within your organizations, please coordinate among the different facilities to identify an administrator to create the account for your organization. 
  • After the organization account has been established, the administrator will be able to invite additional users to be administrators for the account or as standard users.
  • When adding a new testing location/facility under your organization, you will need the CLIA number associated with the facility, as well as the NPI number for the Ordering Provider at the facility or for your organization. If an NPI number is not available, please enter all zeros (0000000000).
  • For any questions or issues with SimpleReport you can contact: support@simplereport.gov

SimpleReport Resources:

Option 3: Rapid Test Reporting

For tests distributed by public health or for tests purchased on your own, results can be reported here.  
You may or may not be contacted by someone from public health. For information on isolation/quarantine, please refer to: Isolation & Quarantine

Questions? Email cdphe_covidreporting@state.co.us