SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR (RESPIRATORY)

Specimen Required
Nasal Swab/NP swab/OP swab: Place sterile swab in 2 mL of sterile buffered saline or transport media in a sterile screw top tube.
CDC recommends collection of NP swabs and no longer recommends collections of both OP and NP swabs.

Alternate Specimen
Nasal wash
BAL
OP swab

Rejection Criteria
Dry swab, wood shafted swab, calcium alginate swab, specimens received in trap containers

Methodology
Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction

Stability
Room temperature: 7 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range
Not Detected

Performed
Monday - Friday

Turnaround Time3 - 4 days
Test CodeCOVPV
CPT-4 Code (s)
U0003
LOINC Codes
First Test? (Y/N/U)   95417-2  
Employed in healthcare? (Y/N/U)   95418-0  
Symptomatic as defined by CDC? (Y/N/U)   95419-8  
If yes, then Date of Symptom Onset (mm/dd/yy or na)   11368-8  
Hospitalized? (Y/N/U)   77974-4  
ICU Patient? (Y/N/U)   95420-6  
Resident in a congregate care setting? (Y/N/U)   95421-4  
Pregnant? (Y/N/U)   82810-3  
SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR result   94500-6  

Warde
Medical
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