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Increasing Community Access to Testing program

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
February 6, 2023
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Increasing Community Access to Testing program


The Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program provides access to COVID-19 testing by focusing on communities at greater risk of being impacted by the pandemic, people without health insurance, and surge testing in state and local jurisdictions.

The ICATT program prioritizes testing resources for people who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The tests are billed to third-party payers, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers.

The No-Cost COVID-19 testing locator helps you find COVID-19 testing locations and contact information for the providers.


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Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work


Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. With all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.


It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.


Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal signs the body is building immunity.


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Long COVID: Preparing for Healthcare Appointments


If you think you or a loved one may have a post-COVID condition (new or persistent conditions occurring 4 or more weeks after initial infection), taking a few steps to prepare for your meeting with a healthcare provider can make all the difference in getting the proper medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.


To help get the most out of appointments for post-COVID conditions, download the Healthcare Appointment Checklist.


Try to arrive early or log on a few minutes ahead of the appointment and ensure paperwork is completed on your appointment day.


After visiting your healthcare provider, review your notes to prepare for your next appointment.


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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review


XBB.1.5 has risen to be the predominant Omicron lineage in the United States, accounting for about 66% of all cases. It’s the only major lineage increasing in proportion across the country.


This week’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review provides an update on XBB.1.5 and other Omicron lineages currently circulating in the United States.


COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.


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