NEWS: Florida Releases New COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

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With the Omicron variant and a surge in COVID-19 cases, many countries are re-evaluating their health and safety measures.

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One of the issues that Florida has encountered is a shortage of COVID-19 tests. More tests were promised from the federal government, but they have not yet arrived according to Governor Ron DeSantis. In light of this situation, Florida has released NEW guidance for COVID-19 testing.

According to, Florida’s newest COVID-19 testing guidance is meant to emphasize high-value testing. That means that the state will prioritize testing for individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, and especially those who are both symptomatic and high-risk. Testing individuals who are low-risk and do not have COVID-19 symptoms is considered low-value testing.

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The goal with this change is that the limited number of COVID-19 tests that are available in Florida will be used in the most effective way possible. Rather than testing everyone systematically, the tests will be saved for people who are showing symptoms and especially those who are high risk. (The CDC considers older adults and people who have a preexisting health condition — such as the ones listed on the CDC’s website — to be high risk.)

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ClickOrlando reported that “State health officials said testing for anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but have no symptoms is ‘unlikely to have any clinical benefits.’” Since there is a limited number of tests available, officials are trying to prioritize those individuals who need them most.

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Here are the new COVID-19 testing recommendations in Florida:

People who have COVID-19 symptoms and are high-risk:

  • Should get tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset.
  • Should seek early monoclonal antibody or antiviral drug treatment and seek other medical treatment as necessary.

People who have symptoms but aren’t high-risk:

  • Should consider getting tested for COVID-19 soon after symptom onset.
  • Seek medical treatment only as necessary.

People who have no symptoms (even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19):

  • COVID-19 testing is unlikely to have any clinical benefits.

Remember that following this guidance for testing is not mandatory; individuals are still welcome to make their own decisions, based on their specific situations.

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