Maine CDC Health Advisory

July 1, 2021

Standing Order for COVID-19 Testing

On July 1, 2021, Maine CDC issued a revised Standing Order ("Order") that authorizes health care providers or other trained personnel at a health care facility or medically supervised COVID collection site (collection site) in the state to collect and submit specimens of SARS-CoV-2 for molecular or antigen-based testing.

The Order is a physician's order that authorizes lab testing for COVID-19 for any individual in Maine at least 12 months of age or older. The Order is not meant to replace existing patient-provider relationships or provider-laboratory relationships. It can assist people who believe that they have been exposed or have an elevated risk of exposure and who do not have a primary care provider, cannot discuss this exposure in a timely way with their health care provider, or are visiting Maine from another state, as examples.

The Order also authorizes the collection site that submitted the specimen for SARS-CoV-2 molecular or antigen testing under this Order to receive the results of the test directly from the testing laboratory. The Order further authorizes the laboratory that performed the test for SARS-CoV-2 to provide test results directly to the individual who was tested, with the individuals consent.

Advisory (PDF)