COVID-19 Electronic Lab Reporting

As of June 25, 2020 all in-state and out-of-state laboratories who are processing and testing samples from Nevada residents are required under severe penalties to report all COVID-19 test results to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health within 24 hours from analysis through an established reporting method. Please click here to see the full press release.
Please review the most recent Nevada technical bulletin about lab reporting requirements here.
In order to perform testing in Nevada, your laboratory must complete three steps:

  1. Have an active State of Nevada laboratory license and Federal CLIA certificate and be in compliance with the laboratory regulations in Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 652. Please contact Brad Waples at bwaples@health.nv.gov if you have any questions.
  2. Please fill out this Initial Intake Form as a first step in onboarding your facility as a trading partner with our health department. Once the Initial Intake Form is filled out, an Inductive Health team member will review and follow up with you within a few days. The form must be filled out in its entirety before proceeding with the ELR onboarding process.
  3. In the meantime, if you have already started testing and have not reported and/or have lab data that has not been transmitted by ELR, you must submit all positive and negative labs reports within 24 hours of analysis via email to COVIDepi@health.nv.gov until the ELR onboarding process is complete. You should use this Excel Reporting Template. Test results should be sent daily (type 'secure' in the subject). If you have trouble sending emails or have any questions regarding this interim process, please contact our ICCR Coordinator, Jennifer Harbor (jharbor@health.nv.gov).

If you have any questions, please contact dpbhelronboarding@health.nv.gov.

Death Definition

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the COVID-19 death definitions to be implemented across the state. The use of standardized death criteria ensures consistency and accuracy in data reporting in Nevada. This definition is current as of October 19, 2020, but is subject to change as new information about COVID-19 becomes available. This definition is to be used specifically for Public Health Surveillance and should not inform clinical decisions.


The instances in the memo linked below describe when a death should be considered a confirmed or probable death of an individual who had COVID-19, regardless if COVID-19 contributed to that death or not.* The laboratory criteria used to classify cases must align with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) case definitions, found here.