Collect

Recommended specimen: Nasopharyngeal swab collected in universal or viral transport medium, 3 mL tubes.   A recommended procedure to collect a nasopharyngeal swab is included below.

Other acceptable specimens include BAL, sputum, and trachael aspirates submitted in sterile container or nasal washings collected in universal or viral transport medium.

Acceptable substitutes for universal or vial transport media include phosphate buffered saline (PBS), sterile saline, or liquid Amies.
 

Unacceptable Conditions

Unacceptable Specimens: Dry swabs or specimens not in the media mentioned above. Ambient specimens. Calcium alginate swabs; cotton swabs with wooden shaft; specimens received in Primestore MTM media; received refrigerated more than 48 hours after collection; swabs in gel transport.  All Non-respiratory specimens such as stool, CSF, ear swabs etc.. are NOT acceptable.

Storage/Transport Temperature

After collection, the specimen should be stored at 2-8°C and processed within 48 hours.
 
If delivery and processing exceed 48 hours, transport specimens in dry ice. Once in laboratory store frozen at -70 °C or below.

Remarks

NOTE: Ideal volume to complete testing is 3mL.  Universal or Viral Transport volumes less than 3mL may yield invalid results requiring repeat collection. 

Notes

   Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection
  1. Insert a flexible fine-shafted swab through nostril into nasopharynx and rotate the swab gently a few times.
  2. Place the swab into transport media.
  3. Deliver specimen to the lab.

Ordering Recommendations

Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories

Results usually available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory.

Methodology

Covid 19 Detection Nucleic Acid Amplification assays at Nebraska Medicine Clinical Laboratories include Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) and Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) methods and these equivalent methods are performed at laboratory discretion.

Reference Interval

Reported as Detected or Not Detected

CPT Codes

High-Throughput COV19B - CPT U0003 (commercial payors) and U0004 (Medicare).  
NECOVB - 87635 (commercial payors) and U0004 (Medicare). 

Uninsured Cash price $65.00.

 

Test Build Information

OrderCode OrderName ResultCode ResultName ResultUnits LOINC CPT
COV19 COVID 19 BY PCR COV19S Coronavirus Source   31208-2 U0003 (Medicare U0004)
COV19 COVID 19 BY PCR COV19R COVID 19 BY PCR   94309-2  

Additional Information

For additional information or questions, contact RPSInterfaceSupport@unmc.edu
Collection

Collect

Recommended specimen: Nasopharyngeal swab collected in universal or viral transport medium, 3 mL tubes.   A recommended procedure to collect a nasopharyngeal swab is included below.

Other acceptable specimens include BAL, sputum, and trachael aspirates submitted in sterile container or nasal washings collected in universal or viral transport medium.

Acceptable substitutes for universal or vial transport media include phosphate buffered saline (PBS), sterile saline, or liquid Amies.
 

Unacceptable Conditions

Unacceptable Specimens: Dry swabs or specimens not in the media mentioned above. Ambient specimens. Calcium alginate swabs; cotton swabs with wooden shaft; specimens received in Primestore MTM media; received refrigerated more than 48 hours after collection; swabs in gel transport.  All Non-respiratory specimens such as stool, CSF, ear swabs etc.. are NOT acceptable.

Storage/Transport Temperature

After collection, the specimen should be stored at 2-8°C and processed within 48 hours.
 
If delivery and processing exceed 48 hours, transport specimens in dry ice. Once in laboratory store frozen at -70 °C or below.

Remarks

NOTE: Ideal volume to complete testing is 3mL.  Universal or Viral Transport volumes less than 3mL may yield invalid results requiring repeat collection. 

Notes

   Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection
  1. Insert a flexible fine-shafted swab through nostril into nasopharynx and rotate the swab gently a few times.
  2. Place the swab into transport media.
  3. Deliver specimen to the lab.
Ordering

Ordering Recommendations

Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories

Results usually available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory.

Methodology

Covid 19 Detection Nucleic Acid Amplification assays at Nebraska Medicine Clinical Laboratories include Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) and Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) methods and these equivalent methods are performed at laboratory discretion.
Result Interpretation

Reference Interval

Reported as Detected or Not Detected
Administrative

CPT Codes

High-Throughput COV19B - CPT U0003 (commercial payors) and U0004 (Medicare).  
NECOVB - 87635 (commercial payors) and U0004 (Medicare). 

Uninsured Cash price $65.00.

 
RPS Interface Information

Test Build Information

OrderCode OrderName ResultCode ResultName ResultUnits LOINC CPT
COV19 COVID 19 BY PCR COV19S Coronavirus Source   31208-2 U0003 (Medicare U0004)
COV19 COVID 19 BY PCR COV19R COVID 19 BY PCR   94309-2  

Additional Information

For additional information or questions, contact RPSInterfaceSupport@unmc.edu