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Are commercial laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing required to share information with the Department of Health?

Last Updated: 03/25/2020

In a joint letter to commercial laboratory operators, Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Chair of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, directed the reporting of all COVID-19 test results to the Department of Health.

Under this directive, commercial laboratories operating in New Jersey must report all COVID-19 test results to the New Jersey Department of Health, effective on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, including retroactive results of all tests performed prior to this date.

Information that is confidential in nature, including proprietary information but excluding the total number of tests and associated results, will not be publicly disclosed by the State unless directly relating to the security, public safety, or well-being of the people of New Jersey.

A copy of the letter can be found here.