SARS-CoV-2 RNA, Qualitative Real-Time RT-PCR

Specimen Required
Send one nasopharyngeal swab collected in M4 viral transport media. Swabs placed in UTM, VCM, or Amies Liquid elution swab (ESWAB) are also acceptable. Each sample should be packaged in a separate plastic bag. PLEASE SEND FROZEN.

Alternate Specimen
1.0 mL (0.4 mL minimum) bronchial lavage or wash, sputum or tracheal aspirate, or nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash send in a screw-capped plastic, sterile container.
Oropharyngeal swab or NP/OP swabs collected in M4, UTM, VCM, or Amies liquid elution swab (ESWAB).

Rejection Criteria
Calcium alginate swabs, cotton swabs with a wooden shaft, received refrigerated >72 hours

Methodology
Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction

Stability
Room temperature: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: -70°C

Reference Range
Not detected

Performed
Sunday-Saturday

Turnaround Time8-9 days, (may be impacted by high demand)
Test CodeCOV19
CPT-4 Code (s)
87635 (U0002)
LOINC Codes
Source   31208-2  
Patient Symptomatic?   75325-1  
SARS CoV 2 RNA, RT PCR   94309-2  

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