State officials are urging physicians and medical providers to increase
testing to help the state identify those infected with the virus. Updated
guidance and resources below. Be sure to check the
DOH health care provider webpage
for the most up-to-date guidance.
How can physicians and providers help?
Test all persons with any symptom that could be consistent with
Test all close contacts (< 6 ft. of distance for > 15 minutes).
- Use self-collected nasal swabs if the person is able to.
Complete all required information on requisition to include:
- Complete contact information.
Provide public health centered counseling around:
What and how to isolate and quarantine (see patient resources below
- Assess support needs.
- How important it is to do this.
If they are positive that they will be contacted by public health
and why it is important that they provide contact information.
Symptomatic patients should be tested within 24 hours or referred to
another testing site and provided guidance (see below) on the need to
isolate (for ill persons) and self-quarantine (for exposed contacts).
Use in-state labs for testing
The DOH is now strongly encouraging clinicians to use our in-state labs
for COVID-19 testing so that we can shorten the turn-around time for test
results. The following is a list of Washington-based labs that have
confirmed their willingness to provide molecular COVID-19 testing to
hospitals and clinics. Please feel free to reach out to these labs to
Download the list of in-state laboratories and their contact
- Detailed guidance from the WSMA on reimbursement related to COVID-19
and the novel coronavirus.
For your patients
These DOH materials are
available in additional languages.
Contact your local emergency management agency to request and receive
FDA-approved disposable ASTM Level 1 simple procedural masks
- The WSMA has partnered with WSHA to make these masks available to
medical groups and physician practices at bulk pricing, while stocks are
The AMA is now offering PPE, including N95 masks and disposable
isolation gowns, to AMA members.
Learn more. Don't delay—July 30 is the deadline to register.
On-Demand COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds webinars
Visit the WSMA
On-Demand Webinars page
for archived presentations from our COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds series
featuring physician experts on a variety of clinical topics. These
on-demand sessions are for WSMA members only.