Release
Immediate Release

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services

March 22, 2021

Today, the department released the memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services. This memorandum updates previous DoD coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) laboratory testing guidance and rescinds and replaces Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Memorandum, "Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) -Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Clinical Laboratory Testing Services," January 11, 2021. 

This force health protection (FHP) supplement provides guidance on COVID-19 testing for eligible persons suspected of having contracted COVID-19, and applies Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing guidance in the DoD context. DoD Components will continue to employ clinical diagnostic testing1 in accordance with this guidance. This guidance also supports surveillance testing and screening testing (asymptomatic individuals) conducted to decrease operational risk within DoD, consistent with applicable law and in accordance with Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Memorandum, "Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 11)- Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Surveillance and Screening with Testing," June 11, 2020.

The Secretaries of the Military Departments, the Heads of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and other DoD Components, and the Commanders of the Geographic Combatant Commands may implement more restrictive guidance and additional FHP measures based on mission requirements and local risk assessments in consultation with their medical staffs and appropriate public health authorities.

The memo for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services can be found here.