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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health (BPH), Office of Laboratory Services (OLS) is prioritizing testing for groups using the below criteria for COVID-19 testing.

Individuals currently prioritized for testing by the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services include:

  1. Patients involved in an illness cluster or in a congregate setting. All suspected and confirmed outbreaks are immediately reportable to the local health department.
  2. Close contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.

Other priority groups that will be considered for testing in urgent situations to protect the health and safety of others include:

Individuals with fever and/or signs of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) who do not have another identified cause for their illness in any of the following groups:

  1. Healthcare workers,
  2. Patients in public safety occupations (law enforcement, firefighter, EMS, etc.),
  3. Hospitalized patients,
  4. Persons otherwise at highest risk of poor health outcomes (includes any of the following):
  • Persons over the age of 60
  • Persons with serious underlying medical conditions or who are immunocompromised
  • Pregnant women

These criteria are subject to change. For current testing criteria, visit

Last updated March 24, 2020

The Office of Health Services Research, in the WVU School of Public Health, has launched an online map that shows all COVID-19 testing sites in West Virginia. This image reflects a moment-in-time screen shot of the map on April 1, 2020.

West Viginia Testing Center