Covid Testing FAQs
Is Covid Testing of Employees Still Necessary?
Vaccinated individuals still may be able to transmit Covid to others. The CDC again confirmed in its 3/3/21 communication: “Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should continue to follow current guidance, including Covid testing recommendations”. CDC gives similar guidance for those who have had Covid – to continue all COVID-19 prevention and testing programs as before.
Does testing detect new Covid Variant Strains?
Reliant uses PCR and Rapid testing that are sensitive to all new Covid-19 strains. Reliant and our laboratory partners will be able to identify individual strains of Covid infections should that degree of specificity become necessary.
When can we stop testing?
Eventually, but not now.
The risk of Covid infection remains at historically high rates, only modestly below the maximum of a few weeks ago. Additionally, as of March 4, 2021, only 7.6% of Californians and 8.1% nationally have been vaccinated. Because those vaccinated to this point are mostly healthcare workers or elderly, most workers remain unvaccinated. CDC continues to recommend Covid prevention measures, including Covid testing, until vaccination rates reach approximately much higher rates, at least 70%-80%.