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

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Reporting Requirements for Test Results

Positive Antigen Tests

Positive Molecular Tests (RT-PCR or other molecular assay)

Negative Molecular Tests

Negative Rapid and Antigen Tests

Antibody Tests (IgG, IgM, IgA, T-Cell, Total Antibody)

Laboratories

 

 

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Provider

 

 

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Rapid Test Reporting (Serial Testing)

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Clinical Research

 

 

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

K-12 

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

LTCFs

 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Self Administered home use testing 

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*

Not Required*


*Though not required, CDPHE will accept these test results if submitted.

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Provider Reporting
  • All positive test results for rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests must be reported to public health. 
  • Providers must also report all positive, negative, and inconclusive COVID-19 test results for non-point-of-care NAAT tests (e.g., RT-PCR, those sent out to a lab for testing). COVID-19 results are required to be reported in one (1) working day. 
Laboratory Reporting
  • All positive, negative, and inconclusive, nucleic amplification/molecular (e.g. RT-PCR) SARS-CoV-2 test results must be reported electronically by laboratories. 
  • If a laboratory is performing SARS-CoV-2 testing that generates a sequence or lineage result, this information is required to be reported to CDPHE by Board of Health Rules and Regulations and submission of clinical material may be requested. 
  • Facilities that are designated as sentinel surveillance sites should continue to submit surveillance samples according to sampling plans.
Rapid Test Reporting
  • COVID-19 positive antigen test results are required to be reported. COVID results are required to be reported in one (1) working day. 
Clinical Research Reporting
  • All positive antigen and positive, negative, and inconclusive molecular test results for SARS-CoV-2 testing conducted as part of a clinical trial must be reported electronically by the testing laboratory. 
At-Home Test Reporting

COVID-19 positive antigen test results conducted at home are encouraged to be reported but are not required.

Required components for reporting based on Colorado Board of Health Rules and Regulations
  • 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). 
  • Patient’s phone number (###-###-####).
  • Patient email address.
  • Patient preferred language.
  • Ordering health care 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).
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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: At-Home Test Reporting

At-Home Rapid Testing
For tests distributed by public health or 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, refer to: Isolation

Residential Care Facilities (RCF) / Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) 

Residential Care Facilities required to follow PHO 20-20 must report positive rapid antigen tests administered by the facility to public health. Facilities should consult the section “Reporting to Public Health” found in the most current version of the Residential Care Facility Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance for additional details.    

School screening testing program for K-12 schools (two program options):

Website Link: https://covid19.colorado.gov/free-testing-schools/screening-program

Full Service: A state contractor will provide all services needed to implement screening testing in school including staffing, collecting/tracking parental consent, screening testing registration, supplies, sample collection, and reporting. This option requires minimal assistance from school personnel. 

Direct Ship: A state contractor will provide all screening testing supplies, use instructions, reporting portal for consent collection, and screening testing implementation by the school. The school administers the screening tests, reports results, and manages the program for the students and staff.
 
Questions? Email cdphe_covidreporting@state.co.us

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