On January 22, 2020, APHL established its Incident Command System (ICS) and activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The ICS approach enables APHL to effectively coordinate with CDC and other partners to respond to COVID-19. 

APHL's priorities are to:

  • Ensure public health laboratories have timely diagnostics to perform quality laboratory testing in their jurisdictions

  • Support public health laboratories with reporting test results to sample submitters and CDC

  • Provide technical assistance and credible communications to public health laboratories, partners and the public. 

APHL continues to monitor the response, providing assistance to member public health laboratories as they bring on the CDC EUA test and advocating on their behalf. 

Public Health Laboratory ​​​COVID-19 News ​​Coverage

APHL Media Statements and Blog Articles

External Media Coverage

APHL is working closely with the media to communicate the importance of testing and the role of public health laboratories during the COVID-19 response. Below are a selection of articles in which APHL has been featured or quoted:

Funding and ​Advocacy Efforts​

APHL and Partners Ur​​ge Emergency Funding to Bolster Novel Coronavirus Response

APHL worked together with leaders of public health organizations including ASTHO, NACCHO and​​​​ CSTE to urge emergency funding in the following letters:​​​