CDPH Issues COVID-19 Playbook to Stand Up Community-Based Testing Sites

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week issued the Playbook to Stand Up Community-Based Testing Sites, offering a step-by-step guide to organizations (e.g., schools, agricultural associations, places of worship) on how to partner with the state’s new Valencia Regional Laboratory, powered by PerkinElmer, to ramp-up capacity of COVID-19 testing.

The playbook details five steps in establishing a community-based testing site, including: 1) creating a test plan, 2) setting up test collections at local sites, 3) conducting tests, 4) transporting samples for processing, and 5) reporting and billing. The document additionally specifies state responsibilities and responsibilities as an organization providing testing.

Relatedly, California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Thursday issued a letter to school leaders statewide detailing the state’s actions to support schools in safely reopening, including use of the state’s Valencia Regional Laboratory. The state additionally plans to issue models and best practices on school-centered COVID-19 testing.

The full CDPH COVID-19 Playbook on Community-Based Testing Sites is available here.