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Test Code LAB20452 SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR (Respiratory)

Department

Send Outs

Reference Lab Test Number

COVPV

Collection Requirements

Send one nasopharyngeal swab collected in Viral Transport UTM

Primary Collection Container

Viral Transport UTM

Alternate Collection Container

One oropharyngeal swab or NP/OP sent refrigerate in viral transport media.

Transport

Refrigerate

Preferred Transport Temperature

Refrigerate

Processing

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.

Stability

Room temperature: 7 days

Refrigerated: 7 days

Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

Not Detected

Performed

Monday – Friday

Reported

4-5 days

CPT Codes

U0003

Unacceptable Conditions

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