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How to Report Novel Coronavirus Testing, Infections, & Deaths in Kansas

Updated 4/4/2022:  COVID-19 testing facilities that test under a CLIA certificate of waiver are no longer required to report NEGATIVE results for tests authorized for use under a CLIA certificate of waiver . This includes rapid PCR and antigen tests performed for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, screening and diagnostic testing at schools, correctional facilities, employee testing programs, long-term care facilities, and rapid testing performed in pharmacies, medical provider offices, and drive-through and pop-up testing sites. 

The updated guidance still requires laboratories certified under CLIA to perform moderate-or high-complexity tests to report both POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE results for laboratory-based  nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) .

KDHE requires mandated reporters to report:

Positive COVID-19 test results

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Deaths due to COVID-19:

Do I need to report antibody test results?

Do I need to report by telephone?

Who is a mandated reporter in Kansas?

Health care providers and laboratories are required to notify KDHE regarding patients with suspected or confirmed reportable diseases. Each person licensed to practice the healing arts or engaged in a postgraduate training program approved by the state board of healing arts, licensed dentist, licensed professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, administrator of a hospital, licensed adult care home administrator*, licensed physician assistant, licensed social worker, and teacher or school administrator are required to report. The list of reportable diseases is defined by Kansas statute ( K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128 and 65-6001 through 65-6007; and by K.A.R. 28-1-2 and 28-1-18 ).

If you are a mandated reporter who is aware of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, but your facility did not conduct a laboratory test, you are not required to report the patient to KDHE. For example, if you are a school nurse who is aware of a student that tested positive at a local clinic, you do not need to report the student. The laboratory conducting the SARS-CoV-2 test is required to report results to KDHE. 

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NIH establishes website for self-reporting COVID-19 test results

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Reporting a positive or negative test result just became easier through a new website from the National Institutes of Health., developed through NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program, allows users to anonymously report the results of any brand of at-home COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 testing remains an essential tool as the United States heads into the holiday season and people navigate respiratory viruses. While taking a rapid COVID-19 test has become commonplace, test results are not often reported. COVID-19 test results provide valuable data that public health departments can use to assess the needs and modify the responses in the local community, the state or the nation.

Lab tests have a well-established technology system for sharing test results. RADx Tech has been working on a system to standardize test reporting for at-home tests in a secure manner. The website is built on this system for logging test results.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) supported development of through the RADx Tech program.  

NIBIB Director Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., who leads the RADx Tech program, is available for comment.  

About the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx ® ) initiative:  The RADx initiative was launched on April 29, 2020, to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing. The initiative has four programs: RADx Tech, RADx Advanced Technology Platforms, RADx Underserved Populations and RADx Radical. It leverages the existing NIH Point-of-Care Technology Research Network. The RADx initiative partners with federal agencies, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Department of Defense, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn more about the  RADx initiative and its programs .  

About the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB):  NIBIB’s mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. NIBIB supports emerging technology research and development within its internal laboratories and through grants, collaborations, and training. More information is available at the  NIBIB website . 

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit .

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Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere

For doing rapid COVID-19 tests anywhere

CDC is reviewing this page to align with updated guidance.

What is a Self-Test or At-Home Test?

Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere , regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.

When To Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test

Test Yourself If…

You have any COVID-19 symptoms


You were exposed to someone with COVID-19

At least 5 days after your exposure

If you test negative for COVID-19, consider testing again 1 to 2 days after your first test

You are going to an indoor event or a gathering

Immediately before the gathering, or as close to the time of the event as possible

This is especially important before gathering with individuals at risk of severe disease , older adults , those who are immunocompromised , or people who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines , including children who cannot get vaccinated yet.

Learn what to do if you test positive or test negative .

Watch Video: When To Use a Self-Test [00:04:04]   | Español [00:04:53]

  Watch Video: When To Use a Self-Test – ASL [00:02:32]

When to Consider Taking an At-Home COVID-19 Test

Learn what to do if you test positive  or test negative .

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How to Get an At-Home COVID-19 Test

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How to Use an At-Home COVID-19 Test

Read the complete manufacturer’s instructions for use before using the test.

Watch Video: How To Use a Self-Test [00:03:08]   | Español [00:04:02]

Watch Video:   How To Use a Self-Test – ASL [00:03:25]

Need More Information? Find videos of manufacturer instructions for your specific self-test.

What Your Test Results Mean

If you think your test result may be incorrect, contact the test manufacturer for assistance, consider taking another at-home test, or contact a healthcare provider for help.

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Need additional help with COVID-19 testing?  is an online, mobile-friendly tool that helps you make decisions about COVID-19 testing.

Related Questions

Positive results from self-tests are highly reliable.

Negative results from self-tests do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection. A negative self-test result may not be reliable, especially if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Invalid results from self-tests mean the test did not work properly, and a new test is needed to get an accurate result.

CDC strongly encourages everyone who uses a self-test to report any positive results to their healthcare provider. Healthcare providers can ensure that those who have tested positive for COVID-19 receive the most appropriate medical care, including specific treatments if necessary.

In most jurisdictions, healthcare providers who diagnose COVID-19 are required to report those cases to public health.

The US Government does not want to construct any barriers that would deter the use of self-tests.  COVID-19 surveillance continues to be based on results from laboratory testing. The primary role of case reporting is to allow public health agencies to take actions to mitigate disease spread. The public health community, including CDC, is confident that situational awareness remains strong without receiving self-test results.

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Report a free NHS COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result

Use this service to report the result from a free NHS rapid lateral flow test.

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Report your test result online:

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Diagnostic Data & Reporting

Covid-19 diagnostic data standards: frequently asked questions.

To support a data-driven U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, public health authorities and HHS depend on key data elements reported efficiently and accurately using COVID-19 data standards to inform action. The following existing guidance and technical specifications direct adoption for real-world impact.

What is diagnostic data?

In general, diagnostic data refers to information collected and used in the investigation and diagnosis of a disease. For the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. diagnostic data refers to information collected from laboratory and non-laboratory diagnostic testing for the purposes of clinical diagnosis and public health screening.

Can HHS provide additional information, including technical specifications, to support laboratories with implementation?

Yes, there are detailed, technical specifications, examples, and links to underlying coding elements have been provided to support the clinical and laboratory stakeholder communities in adopting and implementing consistent and harmonized data capture, coding, and reporting. Please see the following resources for further details:

As described in the guidance, anyone who orders a COVID-19 test, collects a specimen, or performs a laboratory test should make every reasonable effort to collect complete demographic information as well as data for "ask on order entry" (AOE) questions. To facilitate this in the clinical community, CDC has provided further information for healthcare providers and additional information at How to Report COVID-19 Laboratory Data .

What diagnostic data elements should be captured and reported from COVID-19 diagnostic tests?

The CARES Act required specified data elements must be reported for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and these data elements were further defined through HHS Guidance: COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act Section 18115 (June 4, 2020; updated January 8, 2021, updated March 8, 2022) and COVID-19 Data Reporting for Laboratory-Based Testing (August 31, 2020) (Technical Specifications for Implementation) and COVID-19 Data Reporting for Non-Laboratory-Based Testing (September 23, 2020) (Technical Specifications for Implementation) issued by HHS. The mandatory reporting requirement was needed to ensure that critical laboratory-based diagnostic testing data is being collected and reported to state and federal public health officials to inform the pandemic response at every level across the United States.

Stakeholders have asked for clarification as to which data elements should be prioritized for collection and reporting and which data elements should be collected at a minimum for state and federal reporting. Therefore, HHS is providing the "Mandatory Minimum Core Data Elements for All COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Reporting" table. This table, now available as an Excel download, represents the data elements identified in the CARES Act and defined in the HHS COVID-19 technical specifications for laboratory-based and non-laboratory-based tests combined into one streamlined table, and it also clarifies which data elements are considered the mandatory minimum for federal and state capture and reporting of laboratory-based testing at this time.

The COVID-19 diagnostic technology landscape is evolving rapidly. Non-laboratory-based tests (those performed outside of a CLIA-certified location, either by prescription or non-prescription and over-the-counter), should have the capability of capturing all mandatory and requested data elements for both state and federal level reporting. Device developers and manufactures, as well as digital health and software developers, could facilitate this for non-laboratory-based testing devices. Federal data reporting interfaces—for example, the Wireless Automated Transmission for Electronic Reporting Systems (WATERS), COVID-19 electronic laboratory reporting (CELR), or SimpleReport —are capable of receiving all mandatory and requested core federal data elements from all non-laboratory-based diagnostic reporting systems. State level reporting capabilities (such as the ability of states to receive all core data from non-laboratory-based tests) may not yet exist in every jurisdiction. As the reporting pathways and capabilities for data receipt are further refined for state-level reporting, it is encouraged that all data capture capabilities and diagnostic workflows be built in accordance with the table at this time, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. HHS, in consultation with the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists ( CSTE ) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories ( APHL ), strongly encourages diagnostic test and device manufacturers to enable data collection and reporting of test results to support disease (or condition) reporting per COVID-19 public health response and state reporting data needs and requirements for tests performed in all settings including point of care and at home testing.

Is there a machine-readable version of the core data elements for COVID-19 diagnostic tests?

Yes, information in the below table is now available in .csv file format .

TABLE: Mandatory Minimum Core Data Elements for All COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Reporting

A table that lists mandatory and requested data elements for federal and state COVID-19 diagnostic test reporting.

^ per COVID-19 Data Reporting for Laboratory-Based Testing (August 31, 2020) (Technical Specifications for Implementation) and COVID-19 Data Reporting for Non-Laboratory-Based Testing (September 23, 2020) (Technical Specifications for Implementation)

* Mandatory for non-laboratory-based tests only ~ if by prescription; n/a for non-prescription tests ^^ enter "SA" for self-administered in these fields ** enter "OTC" for over-the-counter in these fields, if non-prescription

Where can I find additional resources and information on COVID-19 diagnostic data standards?

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