DOH: COVID-19 Specimen Collection and Training

Jackie Pappalardi and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH issued a Health Advisory providing Authorization of Licensed Pharmacists to order COVID-19 Tests on May 15, 2020.

Executive Order 202.24, issued on April 25, 2020, authorizes licensed pharmacists to order COVID-19 tests, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to detect SARS-CoV-2 or its antibodies. Executive Order 202.24 also allowed pharmacists to administer COVID-19 tests subject to subdivision 579(3) of the Public Health Law, in patients suspected of a COVID19 infection, or suspected of having recovered from COVID-19 infection, subject to completion of appropriate training developed by the Department of Health (NYSDOH). Pharmacies wanting to perform COVID-19 testing, must apply and be approved as a limited service laboratory (LSL).

This NYSDOH Health Advisory contains the May 15, 2020 Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) providing guidance for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Specimen Collection Training for Unlicensed Individuals. Attached are the PowerPoint slides noted in the DAL for the COVID19 Diagnostic sampling training program, located on the Health Commerce System (HCS).

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Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20