COVID-19

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

If you have a suspected case, immediately report it to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 or 1-800-478-0084 (after hours).

Information on screening, swabbing, and testing

Facilities can now send specimens to private labs Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp in addition to the lab run by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

It is important that we are clear in communication and terminology. Please note there has been some confusion regarding terminology.
It has been recommended to use the following terminology: screening(assessing risk), swabbing (obtaining specimen) and testing (sending to the lab).

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/caring-for-patients.html
AHCA screening tool – http://www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus

Alaska State Laboratories: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Labs/Pages/default.aspx
Quest Diagnostics: https://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/Covid-19/
Labcorps: https://www.labcorp.com/information-labcorp-about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Alaska State Laboratories: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Labs/Pages/default.aspx
Quest Diagnostics: https://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/Covid-19/
Labcorps: https://www.labcorp.com/information-labcorp-about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19