Healthcare Providers

Reporting Positive Results, COVID-19-Related Deaths, and Probable Cases

An all-inclusive online COVID-19 REPORT Card is now available for reporting of:

  • Positive COVID-19 test results
  • COVID-19 related deaths
  • Probable COVID-19 cases
    - Must have compatible COVID-19 symptoms AND be epidemiologically-linked to a laboratory-confirmed case.
    - These cases either have not been tested or are awaiting test results.

This online automated COVID-19 Report Card is accessible from all electronic devices, including your Android and Apple devices as well as personal computers, laptops, etc.

Once you have submitted a COVID-19 REPORT Card for your patient, there is no need to call the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). However, our 24/7/365 emergency phone number (1-800-338-8374) is available if necessary.

Performing laboratories are required to report all negative and positive COVID-19 virus test results electronically (faxes do not count). If not already enrolled, laboratories will need to manually enter test results directly into the surveillance system; contact to enroll staff today.

Evaluating Patients and Ordering COVID-19 Tests

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends providers use CDC guidance to evaluate patients seeking medical care for COVID-19. ADPH has expanded the criteria for testing at the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) to add testing for certain asymptomatic, high-risk groups and individuals.

Tests to be performed by the BCL must meet the following criteria:

  • Hospitalized patients with symptoms*
  • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms*
  • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including correctional and detention facilities and shelters, with symptoms*
  • Residents with or without symptoms* in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including correctional and detention facilities and shelters and the facility has identified other laboratory-confirmed cases in residents or staff
  • Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications, residency in a congregate housing setting such as a homeless shelter or long-term care facility, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case by case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.

*Symptoms consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Providers who send specimens to the BCL should use the BCL Web Portal to assist submitting all test requisitions and to receive test results in a timely manner. To register for or update an existing Web Portal account, using your work email address, please email the following information to Facility name, Facility address, Facility phone number, Facility point of contact.

Providers may order testing for persons not meeting the above criteria but are asked to use a commercial or clinical laboratory with which they have an agreement. Providers in need of specimen collection kits or viral transport medium should contact the ADPH Center for Emergency Preparedness (CEP) Duty Officer at 334-239-1556.

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Notice: ADPH BCL Potential Delay in Testing Results

Due to the inability of the ADPH BCL to receive required testing reagents and consumables consistently, results for specimens received for COVID-19 testing beginning April 22, 2020, until further notice might not meet the published turnaround time of 24-72 hours after specimen receipt. Healthcare providers may continue to send specimens to the BCL as usual, and the BCL will send them to a private laboratory for testing as necessary. The BCL regrets this interruption in their testing services but anticipates a timely resolution.

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Page last updated: July 22, 2020