APHL Media Advisories

COVID-19 Media Telebriefings

APHL is hosting live media telebriefings. Upcoming briefings will be posted here as they are scheduled, and archived versions of past sessions will be uploaded below. 

To be added to APHL's media contact list or to receive future media advisories, email Michelle Forman at michelle.forman@aphl.org.

Archived Briefings:

  • April 14: APHL leaders answered questions about serologic (antibody) testing including the value, challenges and current concerns.
    View the recording (Passcode: APHLCOVID!9 ).
  • April 23: APHL leaders provided a status update on COVID-19 testing and the public health laboratory response, laboratory capacity and resource needs; discussed serological testing and the role of seroprevalence surveys in helping contain the virus; and the role of the public health laboratory in supporting a broader public health approach to the pandemic. View the recording (Passcode: APHLCOVID!9 ).

  • April 30: In addition to APHL leadership, two public health laboratory directors joined this telebriefing: Dr. Denise Toney from Virginia and Dr. Megan Crumpler from Orange County, CA. Dr. Toney and Dr. Crumpler will address the status of testing in their jurisdictions, challenges they are facing and what is needed to achieve testing goals. View the recording.

  • May 7: APHL leaders were joined by Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) leadership to present their new joint statement, "Public Health Considerations: Serologic Testing for COVID-19." Organizational leaders discussed the value of serology (antibody tests) in the public health response to COVID-19 as well as the limitations and challenges. View the recording (​Passcode: APHLCOVID!9 ).

COVID-19 News Releases

Find all APHL News Releases on the APHL Blog.​

​​About APHL

​​​The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) represents over 120 state and local governmental public health, environmental and agricultural​ laboratories—known as public health laboratories—from every state, US territory and the District of Columbia, as well as many city and regions.​

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​​About Public Health Laboratories​

Public health laboratories are America's first line of defense against a wide range of health threats—including COVID-19. These labs perform diagnostic testing and disease surveillance, and form the backbone of a national laboratory network that responds to novel strains of disease, natural disasters, chemical spills, foodborne outbreaks and other health emergencies. ​