April 27, 2020 by Talia Jeanlouis Do I have to get tested and how do we obtain testing? For non-urgent/non-emergent surgery, the patient must be tested. The patient should work with their provider to determine where to obtain this test. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE) has provided guidance for COVID19 testing in Alaska. We encourage communities and providers to find ways to provide testing that may be needed for their patients. Contact your local facilities for specific on-site instructions. http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/HumanCoV/AKCOVIDTestingGuidance.pdf Facilities: smaller systems and critical access hospitals should find a close, high throughput lab to send samples if unable to do on their own.